I flunked out of clinical today.. - page 4

by Student2001

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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 sign i was confronted with the... Read More


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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.
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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.
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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.
    WantToBeMidwife and StinkMomBomb like this.
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    This is terrifying. Please let us know what happens.
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    Remember students never "work under the nurses license".
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    Quote from de2013
    Just curious what year nursing student you are?
    3rd year
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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.
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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.
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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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    First off I'm sorry this is happening
    Let me just try and understand

    1) you forgot your watch, and you tried hiding it

    2) you then claim you didn't go to instructor or any one else and chose to break another rule and use your cell phone

    3) you got out of the normal vital signs:
    the resting pulse rate of children between ages 1 and 10 years is generally between 70 and 120 beats per minute; and children over age 10 as well as adults typically have a pulse rate between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
    It doesn't sound like you checked them twice, or reported them with any sense of urgency.

    I know this is the first bad thing you've done wrong, but you had 3 major infractions.

    I think during someone because you did something wrong is wrong, but you must do what you feel right for you.


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