How could she! Please read, need advice

  1. Okay, without going into a long explanation........

    I am in nursing school, 2nd level, LVN. Our Gerontology instructor purposefully made the final so difficult that she could fail out the students that she wanted. I myself passed the class, barely. However, there are several students that are now out of the program b/c of this class. Now, not to belittle the course, because it is just as important as the others, but it should be an easy class.

    I am distraught for these people, and I don't know what to do. Everyone is up in arms about this, signing petitions, going to the director about it, etc.

    Has anyone ever had a situation like this? I know you don't know me, but if you can just have some faith and believe me when I tell you that this is true, that instructor was wrong to do what she did. It was vindictive and mean, and I feel sooo bad inside. Furthermore, do I stand up for what I believe and risk her re-grading my test and failing me? (yes, she did that to someone)

    anyone have advice?
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  2. 44 Comments

  3. by   michigooseBSN
    I don't understand why "it should be an easy class." Gerontology is as complex as pediatrics or any other specialty.
  4. by   Soup Turtle
    Quote from lilypad2424
    Okay, without going into a long explanation........

    I am in nursing school, 2nd level, LVN. Our Gerontology instructor purposefully made the final so difficult that she could fail out the students that she wanted. I myself passed the class, barely. However, there are several students that are now out of the program b/c of this class. Now, not to belittle the course, because it is just as important as the others, but it should be an easy class.

    I am distraught for these people, and I don't know what to do. Everyone is up in arms about this, signing petitions, going to the director about it, etc.

    Has anyone ever had a situation like this? I know you don't know me, but if you can just have some faith and believe me when I tell you that this is true, that instructor was wrong to do what she did. It was vindictive and mean, and I feel sooo bad inside. Furthermore, do I stand up for what I believe and risk her re-grading my test and failing me? (yes, she did that to someone)

    anyone have advice?
    Why do you think she made the final difficult to fail students? If I passed, I would probably step back and let the others fight their own battle.
  5. by   lilypad2424
    I guess I would have to explain things more for people to understand, I'm just sad and tired. thanks for your reply.
  6. by   Alternator81
    If you passed the class, I would be quiet as a mouse. I would not want to make any waves...
  7. by   Daytonite
    Tests can be totally subjective. That's the chance we all take when we go to school. How could you possibly know that this instructor "purposefully made the final so difficult that she could fail out the students that she wanted". Were you in her mind? Did you hear her say this? And just because you say that gerontology "should be an easy class" doesn't mean we should all believe you. Who are you? Are you an expert in gerontology? As you said, "I know you don't know me" and we don't. Nor do we know the whole situation. We don't know what the instructor's side of the story is either or the stories of the unfortunate students who failed. I'll buy the crystal ball that you are using to make all these judgments. Give me a price.

    My advice: be grateful you passed, feel sadness for those who didn't, but don't make waves about this or you're going to go down with the others who failed, but by a much different route. You can't be a hothead AND an effective nurse. Nurses have to think about things rationally and based on facts, not a bunch of gossip and supposition which I'm betting is what most of this is. Weren't you taught about the importance of a complete objective assessment in this nursing school of yours?
  8. by   LisaJ_RN
    WOW
    I would sit back and be thankful I passed, and know you earned it. sad but true
  9. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I'd have to know why you think the instructor made the final "hard" so certain people could fail to even offer an opinion though I don't see how anyone could be brilliant enough to make the same test work to only fail certain people.

    What evidence do you have that they even did this?

    Oh and as far as gerontology, in our school it WAS an easy class.
  10. by   WDWpixieRN
    I'd just like to say I'm sorry that you feel you've got this type of instructor at your school. I feel so very lucky to have had some terrific instructors over my first two semesters of NS and it bothers me to read that others don't always feel so fortunate.

    Best wishes....do what you need to do to get out of school and offer up sympathy for your classmates; that's about the best you can do without jeopardizing your own future.
  11. by   Thedreamer
    How did she make it so that she could fail only the people she wanted?

    Question 1 on the test:

    1) Are you student A, b, c, d, e.

    Yes
    No

    If you answered yes, you fail.
  12. by   LisaJ_RN
    I think the original poster needs support:uhoh21:
  13. by   suzy253
    Quote from Daytonite
    Tests can be totally subjective. That's the chance we all take when we go to school. How could you possibly know that this instructor "purposefully made the final so difficult that she could fail out the students that she wanted". Were you in her mind? Did you hear her say this? And just because you say that gerontology "should be an easy class" doesn't mean we should all believe you. Who are you? Are you an expert in gerontology? As you said, "I know you don't know me" and we don't. Nor do we know the whole situation. We don't know what the instructor's side of the story is either or the stories of the unfortunate students who failed. I'll buy the crystal ball that you are using to make all these judgments. Give me a price.

    My advice: be grateful you passed, feel sadness for those who didn't, but don't make waves about this or you're going to go down with the others who failed, but by a much different route. You can't be a hothead AND an effective nurse. Nurses have to think about things rationally and based on facts, not a bunch of gossip and supposition which I'm betting is what most of this is. Weren't you taught about the importance of a complete objective assessment in this nursing school of yours?
    Well said! Absolutely 100% agree.
  14. by   kgkarma
    Quote from wettybauer99
    I think the original poster needs support:uhoh21:
    I agree. Talk about nurses eating their own.

    I understand why the poster feels so badly. In my school there is no doubt that they made the final test more difficult to get rid of border line students to keep the NCLEX test high. My school has 100% NCLEX pass rate and now I see why.

    I don't think I'd write my name ob the petition though. Hopefully, there's enough of them that didn't pass that can go to the higher uppers to get help. In the school that I attend, the instructors run the place and nothing would probably happen from the petition. Like most institutions, as long as the program looks good to perspective clients, the president is happy.

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