I flunked out of clinical today.. - page 5

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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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    Someone will come along with the links to show that students are NOT working under the license of their CI, COMMON misconception shoved down the throat of terrified nursing students!!


    Quote from ElizaW
    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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    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.
    Being comfortable around courtrooms means that she has been involved in a couple of lawsuits either as a party or as a witness and if "she never backs down or always wins" that says a lot ... Anyway, people will generally say crap like that even if not true and from your story, that instructor sounds like a real winner (sarcasm). I have been in many courtrooms as I was a paralegal for 12 years and I can tell you that you would most likely never see the inside of a courtroom in a case such as this. The school simply needs to know that you are serious and will not stand for being acused of something that you did not do. They are accusing you of something really serious that can potentially ruin your career forever and never mind the money and time you have already spent. If it's your word against hers... then you HAVE TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

    I am just staying that if you start to be serious and tell them that you will not stand for it and that you will seek legal advice if necessary, then they have no choice but to hear you.... Good luck.
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    BTW, I wanted to say that some of these comments sort of imply that the instructor is a professional that would never, ever lie or be unprofessional... but let me tell you, they are just people like you and me. As a matter of fact, in our school they just recruit whomever has a little experience as a nurse to be a clinical instructor and I have had a couple of them that I was very close to hanging from the tallest tree I could find by their toes! One in particular was so mean and evil that had one of my classmates crying the whole 10 weeks we were in clinicals as she was constantly being picked on by the witch... Long story short... after I wrote up some stuff and sent it to the right people, she no longer works there...

    Fight for what is right and stand up for yourself and if you cannot speak up then hire someone who will do it for you...

    Plenty of stories about clinical instructors on this site... here is one
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...ne-798340.html
    Last edit by jacksonleo on Nov 19, '12 : Reason: add
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    You have my deepest sympathies. I flunked out of clinical last week. I did very well in the lecture courses, but got nervous and fumbly while being observed. I'm so depressed I can't even begin to tell you. Plus I have troubles at home with a seriously depressed husband who, after thirty years of marriage, announced he wanted to divorce me.

    I've been struggling with getting into nursing school, overcoming obstacles, and bouncing back from defeats for two years now. My school has had enough of me. I'm not blaming them.

    But what do I do now? Maybe home health care would be an option. I have to get back on my feet before my self esteem sinks any lower.

    People flunk clinicals all the time. I agree with those who say to own up to your mistakes. But it's good to have a back-up plan too.
    I know there is something for me out there in the health field. I have to finish out this semester and think of a new plan. First thing is to get a volunteer job so I don't sit home in my jammies all day.

    Please keep me in your prayers.

    Ayala
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    I agree with those who have suggested to lawyer up! You may not be completely blameless in this situation but your actions are not grounds for dismissal either. It seems that this instructor has intimidated you to the point that you are unable to properly defend yourself--that is what a lawyer is for. There is no chance the case would actually make it to court but a letter from your attorney would be a worthy investment. Think of all the money you have invested in school already...all that is down the drain if you aren't allowed to continue. Shell out a few hundred bucks for some professional legal advice.
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    This site is great because you get a myriad of opinions on any given topic. You need to decide which ones you want to heed: many responses are from people that are thinking of going to school or still in school or flunked out of school. Take everything with a grain of salt.

    I would do everything in my power to avoid lawyers and legal action. As soon as you start down that path, the repercussions will manifest. If you sue, and they let you stay, how is your education going to be? Will they look for any little excuse to drop you again? Will you get good references? Will you have any network contacts to get a job?

    Try and work this out professionally.
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    Quote from de2013
    This site is great because you get a myriad of opinions on any given topic. You need to decide which ones you want to heed: many responses are from people that are thinking of going to school or still in school or flunked out of school. Take everything with a grain of salt.

    I would do everything in my power to avoid lawyers and legal action. As soon as you start down that path, the repercussions will manifest. If you sue, and they let you stay, how is your education going to be? Will they look for any little excuse to drop you again? Will you get good references? Will you have any network contacts to get a job?

    Try and work this out professionally.
    Just because some of us are still in school doesn't make our advice/opinions any ”lesser” than those who graduated. The OP is obviously still in school and if she/he is dropped entirely from the program over a misunderstanding, that merits legal assistance. Granted this is only my opinion and what I would do if I were in her situation if *all else* fails. Meaning she tried the letters, phone calls, talking to the dean/director, you name it!

    In my personal experience I've never been afraid to take a legal route (being my last option.) It's probably because I felt I had to and haven't had a bad outcome yet. Once you go ”there” people don't mess with you.
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    Well said, Janellybelly. You gotta do what you gotta do especially with a school that is being extremely unfair.

    I just graduated and about to start my first job!! Woo hoo!
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    Quote from janellybelly

    Just because some of us are still in school doesn't make our advice/opinions any ”lesser” than those who graduated. The OP is obviously still in school and if she/he is dropped entirely from the program over a misunderstanding, that merits legal assistance. Granted this is only my opinion and what I would do if I were in her situation if *all else* fails. Meaning she tried the letters, phone calls, talking to the dean/director, you name it!

    In my personal experience I've never been afraid to take a legal route (being my last option.) It's probably because I felt I had to and haven't had a bad outcome yet. Once you go ”there” people don't mess with you.
    If you refer to the text in your quote, you will notice that I never said/implied that anyone's opinion was better/worse than anyone else's: I simply suggested that opinions be taken with a grain of salt.

    I happen to know a nurse who engaged in legal action with her school. She was blackballed by the well-connected faculty and spent well over a year trying to get a job. I have been around long enough to know that head-on attacks are often not the best course of action in nursing.
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    Quote from de2013
    If you refer to the text in your quote, you will notice that I never said/implied that anyone's opinion was better/worse than anyone else's: I simply suggested that opinions be taken with a grain of salt.
    Well, allow me to retort by quoting you:

    Quote from de2013
    many responses are from people that are thinking of going to school or still in school or flunked out of school. Take everything with a grain of salt.
    If that doesn't ”imply” what I previously said I might as well scratch my head and question the English language.

    This is not the first time I have come across somebody imply exactly what you just said on this forum. Please don't ”go” there.


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