I flunked out of clinical today.. - page 3

I`m devastated.. This was my last semester.. 3 weeks away from graduation. What happened is I didn`t have my watch for clinical and that was a break in dress code.. and when I went to take a vital... Read More

  1. Visit  jtboog2003 profile page
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    Based on what you wrote, I would infer that the instructor felt that based on how you handled the situation during and after (how scattered your words and thoughts were about it and how much anxiety you had) she may have felt that you were in no way ready to graduate in three weeks. This sounds like something that would occur to a first semester student, not one in their last semester expected to graduate in a few weeks. There were so many other things that you said you did wrong: no watch- you should have asked to borrow one from someone when you saw there was no clock in the room. We are never told to use cell phone timers to take vitals. While you may have felt you would have got in trouble by asking to borrow, by asking to borrow a watch you would have been showing you realized you made an error in not bringing it, but were taking the initiative to get one so you could take correct vitals.

    You then said you couldn't even feel the pulse all to well? That sounds like you're saying you DID in fact make up a vital. How were you able to accurately count when you said you couldn't even feel it? Did you tell the instructor that as well? Also, the fact that when you and the other person took the same vital and yours was way off kind of gives the impression you don't even know how to take a pulse. Which you should, you should know how to accurately take vitals by now

    Either way, it comes down to you made errors in judgements, actions, and then when confronted about it, you weren't even able to explain yourself clearly. Based on how you say you responded to the instructor I would think you were lying too even if you weren't. Based on your really anxious actions and behavior, and then inability to even effectively communicate what happened, I wouldn't think you were being truthful about what happened. You admitted yourself you said some false things when asked because you were so nervous. You then trying to correct yourself could be seen as changing your story. (lying by the instructor)

    From what you're telling me, and how you handled it sounds like the instructor had her reasons for saying you falsified the records, and were lying to her. Even though it was a mistake, and it was due to your nervousness and inability to explain to her correctly, you kind of did.

    I would just try my best to EFFECTIVELY explain what happened throughout the entire ordeal. You telling them exactly what you wrote here doesn't sound really good, so I'm not sure if I would say all of that. It makes you look and sound incompetent and not ready to graduate.

    I hope you don't think I'm just being mean. I'm just telling you what it sounds like to someone looking in on the situation based on the things you said that happened.

    GOOD LUCK, I REALLY HOPE THINGS WORK OUT FOR YOU.
    Last edit by jtboog2003 on Nov 16, '12
  2. Visit  cjoy55 profile page
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    I can't believe they would throw you out for this. This is why I think nursing school is not reality. If you were on the job you would find a reliable way to take the pulse. Being that your grade is on the line you have to "make do" if you've forgotten your watch because you will get in trouble. I know the strickness is preparing us but this is ridiculous.
  3. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    Quote from cjoy55
    I can't believe they would throw you out for this. This is why I think nursing school is not reality. If you were on the job you would find a reliable way to take the pulse. Being that your grade is on the line you have to "make do" if you've forgotten your watch because you will get in trouble. I know the strickness is preparing us but this is ridiculous.
    Just curious what year nursing student you are?
  4. Visit  jacksonleo profile page
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    Student 2001,

    I feel your pain. I have had a couple of instructors that were such **********! I had a friend during clinicals go through something similar, the instructor wrote up an incident report and I guess made up some stuff to cover her own **** (I was there and witnessed the incident, which was not even a big deal but one of the doctors threw a fit about it so the instructor had to cover her own and what she wrote was not the truth) but regardless, they took her side and put my friend on probation. It it was our last day of clinicals ever! Somehow or another the instructor threw my name in there while she wrote up the incident report and I got a call from the coordinator about the incident as if I had part of it... My reply?: "I had nothing to do with it, I was just a witness and I will not hesitate to contact my attorney should my name be mentioned again in any manner whatsoever regarding this matter... They dropped it right then and there...

    I told my friend to fight it but she thought that it would be best to admit to it even though it was not true, she got put on probation and got threatened with dismissal.

    Never, ever, ever, ever... admit to something that you did not do. Last resort, start throwing "my lawyer" around... it's three years of your life and it sounds to me like it was some stupid silly thing that got out of control and you are being accused of something really serious.

    BTW I forgot my watch a ton of times and I always had my cell phone with me.. sorry this is the real world
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Nov 17, '12 : Reason: ToS--removed veiled profanity
  5. Visit  Skips profile page
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    Quote from cjoy55
    I can't believe they would throw you out for this. This is why I think nursing school is not reality. If you were on the job you would find a reliable way to take the pulse. Being that your grade is on the line you have to "make do" if you've forgotten your watch because you will get in trouble. I know the strickness is preparing us but this is ridiculous.
    I can. Just because she's not on the job, doesn't mean she couldn't find a reliable way to take the pulse. This was clearly a misstep in communication. Communication could make or break a patient's life, for goodness sake! There is a lesson to be learned here. I see a lot wrong with this situation, especially for someone about to graduate.
  6. Visit  cjoy55 profile page
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    I guess what I meant to say is that if she was on the job she could have asked a coworker to borrow a watch etc.. Being a student she was afraid of getting in trouble. Her mistake was just not fessing up to not having a watch but if she has a instructor that is anything like mine I can understand she was scared in the moment and made a bad decision. I think its crazy that would be grounds for dismisal. Btw still not sure why using a cell phone is wrong. It's a must to have a cell phone for us at clinical for using the drug apps and texting the instructor when we need her.
  7. Visit  ElizaW profile page
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    The instructor is covering her butt. You are working under her license. 170 is a crazy high number, and you should recognize that by now.

    I guarantee you won't make the same mistake again. From one point of view it's an awesome learning experience for you. From the instructor's point of view, you are working under her license.
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  8. Visit  cannolis profile page
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    This is terrifying. Please let us know what happens.
  9. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    Remember students never "work under the nurses license".
  10. Visit  Student2001 profile page
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    Quote from de2013
    Just curious what year nursing student you are?
    3rd year
  11. Visit  Student2001 profile page
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    I get everyone`s point- I was wrong in more ways then I know. Made mistakes.. but this is one isolated incidence in 3 years. I understand the point that the instructor had .. but im not the best at communicating when i`m unprepared to be chewed out for doing something like this.. I used my cell phone, got an inaccurate pulse, and then was really rammed by the instructor on day 1. I`m working on communication but it`s not going to happen overnight. If this semester ends like this I still feel like I should be allowed into the program because I don`t think that i`m a bad nurse.. I know that i`ve helped people and managed to be competent up until this roadblock. It`s just sad that I might not have this chance and I don`t know what to do if i can`t be a nurse.
  12. Visit  Student2001 profile page
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    Quote from jacksonleo
    Student 2001,

    Never, ever, ever, ever... admit to something that you did not do. Last resort, start throwing "my lawyer" around... it's three years of your life and it sounds to me like it was some stupid silly thing that got out of control and you are being accused of something really serious.

    BTW I forgot my watch a ton of times and I always had my cell phone with me.. sorry this is the real world
    Yea.. I was thinking about making this into a legal issue HOWEVER .. I don`t remember how this came up but the instructor was talking about how she never backs down when being confronted by court and how she always wins.. lol.. now.. she may be very sure of herself and comfortable around courtrooms but i`m not. i`m deathly afraid of places like that so I would look like i`m not too dependable ...or sane.. as i`m crapping my pants due to pure unadulterated fear. EEK.
  13. Visit  cannolis profile page
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    Quote from Student2001

    Yea.. I was thinking about making this into a legal issue HOWEVER .. I don`t remember how this came up but the instructor was talking about how she never backs down when being confronted by court and how she always wins.. lol.. now.. she may be very sure of herself and comfortable around courtrooms but i`m not. i`m deathly afraid of places like that so I would look like i`m not too dependable ...or sane.. as i`m crapping my pants due to pure unadulterated fear. EEK.

    Honestly if they don't admit you back for something you did not do, legal action against the school seems like your best option. You invested considerable time and money and getting kicked out for not bringing your watch once just doesn't seem reasonable to me.

    I'd start looking for legal help if I were you!
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