I finished 4 out of 9 quarters in my nursing program. This past quarter (OB) was the worst time I have ever had in school. Mainly due to the lecture instructor. She was horrible, had no knowledge and lectured to us out of the book (ie. read portions to us). Her tests were pathetic and god forbid she messed up and you pointed it out, trying to get some deserved points back. She was vindictive and retaliated against my group because someone questioned her grading. She threatened us with failure in the class and a mark on our academic transcript. Kept us hanging for almost a month claiming that she was trying to be the good guy and the chair was pushing the issue (untrue).
I feel like I have lost faith in my whole program because of one instructor. I (and the class) have never been treated so badly and unfairly. There was no assistance from the department chair or anyone else. One student actually wrote a letter to the dean of natural sciences because she refused to give us the paperwork to do an evaluation on her. It was as though she was out to get our class rather than training future RNs. She told us that she didn't have time for a number of things (ie. helping us) because she was working on her PhD. I am not sure how many people we lost this past quarter, but I would wager about 10.
I thought about dropping out of the program, mainly because of the questioning of my academic integrity and the intense stress. I am doing a double major and plan on pursing graduate studies in the other area once I finish undergrad. But I decided not to, because I wasn't going to let one bitter woman make me give up everything I worked to accomplish before it's completion.
So, I just wanted to vent a bit. Feel free to add your own here as well.
Dec 27, '06
Try not to let one horrible instructor give you a bad taste for the whole program. Several classmates of mine also found out that the Dean had no interest in the inner workings of our program. Its sad but bottom line is that you have worked so hard this far I'd just tuck my head down and push forward. Hang in there, Jules
Dec 30, '06
Good job on not letting one bad instructor ruin your plans. I've had a couple lousy ones, too, but fortunately not in the nursing dept. Hopefully this semester is better!
Dec 30, '06
Do not let that one instructor ruin your pursuit to be a nurse. As Joe Dirt said, "Ya gotta keep on, keepin' on." For some reason I like that movie... Anyway, good luck with school and DON'T give up!
Dec 30, '06
You should be able to go to the dean of your nursing school, or if not them, then someone higher up with your problems and tell them about it. I know the dean of our nursing school is pretty much no tolerance against anything that might degrade our nursing program in any way.
Sorry that your teacher is so bad. Good teachers make a world of difference.
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