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 problem that there was no clock anywhere around and I had no watch.. I went and took out my cell phone and used the timer to get the exact 30 second count. I had my back to the door at that point because i wasnt really sure my instructor wanted to see my phone out .. I couldn't feel the radial pulse so well.. I was nervous and recorded the wrong number. I handed them my vitals and it was way off.. the HR.. I looked at it and thought to myself that`s not right .. my instructor said go do it over again .. I did with another student and had a number that was way different but I used the apical pulse which I could hear much better. Now I get sent to the office and told that I falsified medical records to try to cover up my mistake of not having a watch. I am kicked out of the program .. my instructor said that she did not see my cell phone and that she was watching me the whole time.. that i was facing her and looking at the door to see if there was clock hanging.. This did not happen. I don`t know how I can prove it. Its basically my word against hers and i`m like devastated.. She keeps saying that my story changed.. that the second time i got the HR i got 117 and then told someone else it was 170.. which was completely false I even wrote down 170, with another student watching me right there (its a child, that`s why so high), and I`m not entirely sure why she would be so insistent to say this.. I was like flabbergasted at all of this.. shell shocked and maybe I didn`t express myself properly but I didn`t change my story .. I might have misspoke .. i mean hell when she took me to the waiting room to talk to me about this and I told her I listened to the HR for 30 MINUTES.. when obviously I meant seconds.. I`m just very upset right now.. 3 years of my life and it ends like THIS!!? Now I don`t know if i will ever go back into the program .. I need to write a letter in my defense for when the teachers have their meeting about this where they decide whether to take me back for next semester.. or any semester. It`s devastating.. I`m taking 1 day off to clear my mind and then start writing this tomorrow.. anyone have any idea what I can write.. I don`t know if theres anything I can do to get them to change their minds. This is so awful
Nov 15, '12
Man I am so sorry to hear that this happened. Lesson learned DON'T FORGET YOUR WATCH AND CARRY AN EXTRA ONE!
Anyway, while writing your letter I would admit everything as it happened truthfully.
-Yes you forgot your watch.
-Yes you pulled out your cell phone and tried hiding it to try and take the pulse because you thought you would be further reprimanded for taking out your phone.
-Admit you were irresponsible in your actions. Admit that you should NOT have tried rushing to get the pulse with a cell phone timer. Admit that you should have gone up to your instructor and told her you were UNABLE to take the pulse because you did not have a watch.
-Note how IMPORTANT this nursing program is to you and how you have worked hard for three years to get to this point and that you did not want to mess it up three weeks before graduation which is why you didn't take the pulse correctly.
-Speak with the dean maybe? Or whoever is head of the program you're in.
-Basically just say that you took the pulse to the best of your ability without having a watch handy.
I dunno..... this might be really tough to pull yourself out of.... either way you will have to kiss some serious *** and they still may not take you back. Not only this nursing program but I would assume ALL nursing programs would have done the same thing, if not kicked you out than definitely reprimanded you in some way shape or form. Depends on a lot of things.
Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 18, '12