I Am So Seriously Bummed!!!!

  1. We took our math test last Monday. You know the one. The one where you can take it only twice and you MUST make a 90% or better to stay in your program? Well, on Monday I was told that I made a 95. What a HUGE load off my back. No worries about having to take it again. No more worries about being kicked out of the program because of the math test. W R O N G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    All my illusions were shattered today when my instructor called to inform me that the Foundations department passes around the tests for other instructors to grade to make sure the grades are correct and mine was not. In fact, because of two tiny, and I mean tiny errors I have to retake it. She said all the math was correct, I just failed to put on two different answers stuff like mg/dose and capsules. Lord just shoot me now!!! I have been in such a funk all day. My instructor was really sweet about it but I still have the stress of retaking this test hanging over me. I have to wait one more week to take the test. I just want to get it over with. I'm sorry to whine and moan, but I'm seriously stuck on the pity pot. Well, thanks for listening ya'll.

    Love,
    Katy
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   luvltc
    I remember those days. Keep thinking positive. I'm sure you'll do fine.

    Prayers and hugs to you. :icon_hug:
  4. by   mariedoreen
    On the up side here... remind yourself that you didn't fail to pass this because you didn't know the math but because you left off some labels. That should give you an immense amount of relief. You know you're stuff, go in and do it one more time and this time you know you won't forget the little things. But yes I understand, having it "hanging" over you can be a bummer... just make it a glass half full kind of thing. You know your stuff, you do you do you do you do you do!
  5. by   EMTtoRN
    I agree with MarieDoreen, at least you know that all of the math is right!!! However in Nursing, leaving off labels can be a BIG MISTAKE and can be life or death. Good luck with the next test. It sounds like you will be fine! Just watch those labels!!!



    Quote from Katydidit34
    We took our math test last Monday. You know the one. The one where you can take it only twice and you MUST make a 90% or better to stay in your program? Well, on Monday I was told that I made a 95. What a HUGE load off my back. No worries about having to take it again. No more worries about being kicked out of the program because of the math test. W R O N G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    All my illusions were shattered today when my instructor called to inform me that the Foundations department passes around the tests for other instructors to grade to make sure the grades are correct and mine was not. In fact, because of two tiny, and I mean tiny errors I have to retake it. She said all the math was correct, I just failed to put on two different answers stuff like mg/dose and capsules. Lord just shoot me now!!! I have been in such a funk all day. My instructor was really sweet about it but I still have the stress of retaking this test hanging over me. I have to wait one more week to take the test. I just want to get it over with. I'm sorry to whine and moan, but I'm seriously stuck on the pity pot. Well, thanks for listening ya'll.

    Love,
    Katy
  6. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I'm sorry about the confusion, but be glad you are at school to learn, and not out "in real life".

    You have a chance to do something over. As you said, it wasn't mathmatical, so that is great!!!! Obviously, you know if you are trying to figure out how many capsules, etc to give, you're not going to give a liquid. ..But, be glad you are able to take it again.

    Just double check your answers this next time, and make sure you have all of your "labels" written. You'll be fine.

    Good luck!
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    I'm sorry to read that.................best wishes and hugs to you
  8. by   Katydidit34
    Thanks so much for the support and words of encouragement. I am feeling a little better about it today. I know what I did wrong and can correct it on the next test. I just hate that it's such a do or die scenario. Ya know? It will all work out. I guess I've just got to keep the faith. Thanks again ya'll.


    Love,
    Katy
  9. by   Tweety
    That bites.

    Good luck next time.
  10. by   Daytonite
    In defense of the instructors I've got to say that the correct numerical answer is not going to mean squat if you put the wrong labels with it. The difference between treating someone and killing them could very well rest on what label to attach to those numbers! Those labels are just an important part of the calculation and answer as the numbers are.
  11. by   FroggysMom
    Quote from Katydidit34
    We took our math test last Monday. You know the one. The one where you can take it only twice and you MUST make a 90% or better to stay in your program? Well, on Monday I was told that I made a 95. What a HUGE load off my back. No worries about having to take it again. No more worries about being kicked out of the program because of the math test. W R O N G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    All my illusions were shattered today when my instructor called to inform me that the Foundations department passes around the tests for other instructors to grade to make sure the grades are correct and mine was not. In fact, because of two tiny, and I mean tiny errors I have to retake it. She said all the math was correct, I just failed to put on two different answers stuff like mg/dose and capsules. Lord just shoot me now!!! I have been in such a funk all day. My instructor was really sweet about it but I still have the stress of retaking this test hanging over me. I have to wait one more week to take the test. I just want to get it over with. I'm sorry to whine and moan, but I'm seriously stuck on the pity pot. Well, thanks for listening ya'll.

    Love,
    Katy
    You know your stuff really. Don't beat yourself up over this. Just move on down the road. You have the math down, just remember, the devil is in the details!
  12. by   Katydidit34
    Quote from Daytonite
    In defense of the instructors I've got to say that the correct numerical answer is not going to mean squat if you put the wrong labels with it. The difference between treating someone and killing them could very well rest on what label to attach to those numbers! Those labels are just an important part of the calculation and answer as the numbers are.
    Please don't get me wrong, I'm not mad at any of the instructors. I realize how critical the right answer is from start to finish when you are dealing with medications. I'm just terrified of not making it the second time either. And, if I don't make it the second time, I have no one to blame but me.
  13. by   luvmy2angels
    I can relate to your anxiety. My fear of math kept me out of nursing school for 15 years!!! I am amazed at myself now with the math I am able to do. In our prpgram we must take 2 math tests per semester and get 100% to be able to move to the next level and graduate! I think we were all kinda upset when we heard we had to have a 100% and we did cause a little stink about it with our instructor. So, to make her point she calculated all the errors that we made on our tests and put them out there as if they were in the "real world" and had we made those same mistakes we would have killed 34 patients !! That kinda drove home the point as to just how important the math AND labels are. We never again argued with the fact that we have to get a 100% on our math test. Good luck to ya! Let us know how you did!!
  14. by   student4ever
    Keep your chin up! The up side is, you'll probably be so paranoid about labels from now on, you'll never forget one again! Congrats on getting the 95 on the basic math though... you've got the foundation, just plug in the details and you're golden!

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