Hi everyone, I am so frustrated I need to vent. Today we had a test in my nursing health management course. We took the test and we got instant results. We take our test on a computer so the results is programmed and when we click done we get our score and find out which ones we miss and review. Well, EVERYONE did pretty bad. The highest was a 76% and the average was about a 65% most people got in the 60s. This is not the first test this has happen. We had a test 3 weeks ago in the same class and the highest score 3 weeks ago was a 75% and the class average was about a 65%. We have to have a 70% average on all exams to pass the class. We have four exams which includes the final. Today was the 3rd exam and the final which is one week from Wednesday will be the 4th exam and it is a comprehensive final.
This is NOT good at all. IT is truly sad when most of the class is getting in the 60s or even below. My class is not a lazy group at all. We study our rear ends off, there are some very active study groups going on. Yet the studying we do does not reflect the grades at all. The instructors will give us a break down of how many items are supposed to be on the test but it is wayyyyyyyyyyy off. For example one section was supposed to have 20 questions but had only 10 and another section was suppose to have 8 questions but had 18, you get the idea. That is wrong because many people will spend more time with the most weight than other sections. They also keep telling us to study from the objectives but yet the questions over the objections rarely pop up on exams. Something else pops us. There were also questions on the test that we have not even had a lecture on and quetsions that were poorly worded and spelled getting things all mixed up. This is not the first test where the questions were poorly worded and spelled. They also keep telling us they are preparing us for boards. Well, I have 3 NCLEX books, I have a Mosby, Lippincott, and Kaplan the 3 top sellers and the NCLEX questions in those books are far different from the ones we have on the test. The NCLEX questions are much easier in my opinion. I went through 75 NCLEX questions out of the book over the weekend and only missed 5 and I did not peak at any answers until I was finished. I even had 2 discs that I take NCLEX questions with because they came with the book. My school is not doing a very good job. The last couple of years the NCLEX pass rate has only been about an 88% and tha is not very great at all compared to many , many, many other schools
I know that are in the 90s and even 100%.
I am sitting here in tears because I don't know whether or not to stay at the school I am at now or drop out and attend another nursing school
where I know I will learn more and be better prepared. However, going to another school would mean I would not graduate until 2004 or 2005 instead of 2003 because of a different curriculm but it would be a much better curriculum. But I already have $16,500 worth of loans out for the school I am at now and that is just for last semester and this year (my junior year) I am so frustrated and the instructors are not doing very much righ now.
I have a pharmacology class where we are barely being taught. Most of the content is expected to be learned on our own as self learning. We only meet once every 3 weeks if that and when we do meet it is for 2 hours and they try to pack so much info in those 2 hours. I am sorry but pharmacology is the LAST class that should be a self-learning class. I was expecting a lecture not mainly a self-learning class and EVERYONE in my class feels the same way.
There are going to be so many people dropping out because they are not doing so well based on the way the questions are set up. I am telling you the majority of my classmate are very intelligent people they can know the material in and out and after the test they can still tell you about something if you ask them but due to a poor curriculum and test questions/instruction some are not making the grade or barely making the grade necessary to past. Some will go to other nursing schools but take a break first and others don't know what they will do, some will change majors because they don't know what else to do and they really don't want to change. The nursing profession is already at a lost for many great potential nurses and there are going to be even more from my school alone and it is truly sad. I am sorry if this is long but I really needed to vent my frustrations and anger. I feel that my school expects way too much self-learning. Yes, self-learnig to a certain degree but that is to prepare for classes and to study from your lecture notes to prepare for test, not to learn the material on your own without it being taught.