Quote from cschmill
i hate to downgrade my school, but there are so many inconsistancies. does anyone else have this problem?
first off, it says right in the nurse practice act that students shall have a constant environment condusive to learning. we have been shuffled around like cattle this semester because the roof in our homeroom keeps leaking. it wouldn't be that bad except some of the rooms are totally inappropriate- like the auditorium. how are we suppossed to balance a book and our notes on our lap? plus the lighting in the auditorium is horrible.
then there is math. one instructor says to carry the problem out to the second decimal point and round your answer. the other instructor says to not round anything. we have students not passing their math tests, but i wonder why. noone's sure exactly what the instructors want.
then there's the whole uniform policy. i wore the same amount of earrings all through last semester during clinicals and through the first rotation of this semester and nothing was ever said. then i get to the rotation i'm in now and i get a deficiency, stating i had too many earrings. their not even hoops or anything. i had one pair of studs and a stud in my cartilage that is covered by my hair when i pull it up anyway.
then to top it off we have a new med/surg instructor this year. she doesn't know how to lecture. we'll have a question about something and she either ignores the question or says she will look into it and never gets back to us.
other times she flat out tells us she doesn't know. she even asks us where things are in the book? i understand that it's her first year teaching, but shouldn't she be prepared for lecture, and be able to answer our questions?
our class went to the program chair with our concerns, but we basically didn't get anywhere. we tried to talk to the dean of the school, but we have to schedule an appointment and the only times available are during class. we can only miss two days a semester, and most of us have families that sometimes makes it necessary to miss class.
the list goes on and on, but i think i've listed enough.
we all feel that we aren't getting the education we are spending a lot of money for. i was just wondering if anyone else is having problems, or if i just made a bad choice in schools?
Nursing is an ever-changing field, and sometimes nursing school feels that way too. One of the biggest skills you can learn (in life, and in nursing school) is how to be flexible and roll with the punches, because when you're working, there will be inconsistencies in policies, you may do something and then the doctor comes and tells you to do it differently... you need to be able to adapt.
Now, that said, as far as the room thing goes, I think they are probably doing the best they can. In a busy university it is quite possible that all other classrooms are full during your class period, so rather than making students sit in the wet spots in the room, they are attempting to move the class to somewhere that will better facilitate learning. Many times it is complicated to get a class switched to a new room (I've had instructors previously that were unhappy with the room assignment and tried to move... sometimes they succeeded, sometimes we had to stay put). If you want to be really gung-ho, maybe you can look up what classes are held in what rooms during your class and see if you can locate an empty room and inform your instructor of this.
As far as the dress code goes, you as a student are a direct reflection upon your instructor, and your instructor wants you to look professional. If they want you to take out your earrings, I'd just take them out. Why risk failing clinical for unprofessional behavior over a pair of stud earrings? That really seems like a frivilous crusade to me, personally.
My patho professor is like your med/surg professor, only mine isn't new. We ask her all sorts of intruiging, critical thinking, applying to other situations questions and she always says stuff like "I don't know" or "I'm not a peds nurse" or "I'll get back to you" (and never does). We almost chuckle about it now, and simply go ask one of our other instructors, ask our classmates who might have experience in that area, or look it up. Nursing school is full of resources to help you learn, sometimes you need to be a little proactive. I think part of the problem for my prof is she usually teaches in a big lecture hall with 100+ nursing students (many of whom, I hear, don't bother to come to class), and now she's in a little room with 25 eager overachieving accelerated students and isn't as used to having to do two-way communication. But, like I said, we just ask our questions of someone we know to be more knowledgeable, and it's fine.
As far as the Dean goes, have you actually told him/her that all of his/her appointment times are during your scheduled classes? I would see if there's a way he/she can work with you on that... it would be kind of unacademic for the Dean to encourage you to skip class so you can complain about your professor.
But then again, I feel like you need to sit back and really think things through and decide which battles are worth fighting. The classroom thing... I'd fight if I could find an alternative classroom on my own and say "Is there any way we could move HERE? It's empty during our class period". The earring thing, I don't think is worth fighting. The professor thing, it depends. I'd only pursue it if you really feel it's worth it.