If 50% of the class failed an exam..Was it because the instructor failed to teach? - page 2

I am at my second semester of nursing school. Okay, the first semester, we lost about 8 to 9 people because they could not handle it. This is the second semester. We got a new pharmcology instructor... Read More

  1. by   NO1_2NV
    Pharm can be tough. Here are a few things I have learned and maybe they will help you. As you are going through your text book, look for the prototype drug for a classification. Once you have this drug, write it up along with what it does, how it does it, dosage, administration, and teaching then on the back of the card write the names of all of the other drugs that belong to the same class. Study the prototype and know it well. Read over the names of the other drugs over and over until you can associate them with the prototype drug. Look for a pharm study guide that asks you test style questions. Get together with a couple of people and quiz each other over and over. Ideally this book would be broken into drug classes so you are not hunting through out the book looking for questions that relate to what you are studying. Straight A's in Nursing Pharmacology: A Review Series by Springhouse seems to be quite popular in my class. I have great sympathy for you. My pharm exam yesterday covered 13 chapters!!! I also know what no direction is like. Good luck and hang in there. Don't let your instructors inability to not organize and teach become your thorn!!!
    Last edit by NO1_2NV on Oct 25, '05
  2. by   Luvelyone
    i think you would be wasting your breath to complain to the dean. my class (we are taking med/surg 4) is experiencing something similar. my entire class is struggling. each day, our instructor begins the day telling us how we all are not where she expects us to be and that she refused to bring her teaching down to our level, that we needed to come up to her level. we have never opened the textbook in class, and we usually don't go over any handouts. she teaches by going over past cases in her nursing career and giving out case studies that we review in class. it was pointed out in the syllabus, that it states "each student is responsible for his/her own learning of the material". which basically means the school thinks it's ok for us to pay for classes and end up learning on our own. now, it makes me wish i had taken most of my classes online. jmho.
  3. by   NC4RN
    I just went through an appeal because of this same thing. I failed my last class in the program and therefore failed the program. The exams were not testing our knowledge as nurses, as evidenced by falling NCLEX pass rates (10 percentage points in 2 years), and the recycling of out-of-date questions taken from old exams. Half of the class failed each exam. I lost the appeal. I have to wait a year and re-take the course, after going through absolute hell in my appeal. I have learned so much through this process, but mostly this: Keep your head down, keep your mouth shut, study, and pass your tests.
  4. by   longbow.shelly
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    The new pharmcology instructor is new and quite young, maybe 24 years old and inexperienced in teaching...She told the class at the other school she is teaching at, a lot of people fail...:
    Yes. Is this something that faculty finds "admirable?" ~~~Being the teacher that no
    one can learn from? How is this a virtue on a resume? All teaching and learning styles aside, it's the teacher's responsibility to TEACH. It's the student's responsibility to DEMONSTRATE. You can't have one without the other. Egads. I empathize with this situation.

    If it helps, someone also once told me, even if you have a difficult time learning from someone, it can still be a learning experience. In the real world, you will not always be working with (or learning from) easy personality types, or effective teachers. Even if those people were "A" students themselves (the professors) it may not necessarily translate to bang-up teaching. And I hate this advice, but I'm gonna say it, "Adapt and master the situation." It's a lesson in succeeding despite the notion of futility.

    Best of luck to you and your classmates!
  5. by   cmw6v8
    Yikes, I feel for you! I just finished an online pharmacology class that was a pre-req for an accelerated BSN program (I was on the waitlist for the program, and ended up not getting in, but I am starting a traditional BSN full-time in the fall). I am a second career nursing student and have only taken the other basic pre-reqs before pharm (no pathophys, no fundamentals, nothing).

    I really struggled in pharmacology because there is a lot of material to memorize--so many drugs!! I had a decent instructor compared to you: she definitely told us what to focus on to a certain extent, and after the first test you could kind of predict what questions she might ask. Even though it was a really hard test, she was very accessible as an instructor and welcomed questions.

    I would recommend asking LOTS of questions in class--this will send her the message that you are genuinely there to learn. Put your past troubles behind you and become fascinated by the material (or at least act like it, for your own sake). I wouldn't even be afraid to tell her that you are struggling and ask for recommendations for a tutor or ways you can narrow the scope of your studying. What I wouldn't do is complain. If there's bad blood between you and her (and or the dean), sort it out--go to her office hours and explain your concerns and ask her what *you* can do to get ahead in the class. Don't ask her to do something for you, ask her what you can do to help yourself and maybe you'll get somewhere.

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