I am a first semester nursing student just admitted and im struggling to hold on for dear life right now....
At my 2 year school.....here the professors are more focused on retirement planning. And our program and the instructors seem more focused on trying to run you out of the program and scare you out of the profession which if they do that, to them your just a person that is not gonna harm their 99% NCLEX pass rate so its good for them, basically it is survival of the fittest........Skills labs we get a couple hours on mon-wed-fri and no evening hours, so if your an evening student good luck. The instructors are nasty and to 90% of them any questions get met with reponses of "maybe you should buy a book" or "critically think and read" and also i am met with an feeling of "oh im sorry am I keeping you from doing your job type thing".....Plus the grading schedule is my favorite part- 97% is an A here , 95% A- 91% B+ 88 B and basically a lot of room for B- C+ and C's... the exam review sessions we get are basically put the exams on the overhead and check your answers...we get no rationales, and sadly the instructors cant even justify or explain their own questions. The exams are either you know it or you dont kind of thing...you get questions right on luck, chance.....and for Labs....our grades are all C's, they dont give anything higher than that, and that's terrible because i would love to be able to go on for my BSN/MSN and thats gonna hurt me,..like where is the incentive for me to work hard??......its awful. Plus for theory and assessment, about 95% of students get grades of C, C+ and B-, occasionally students will get lucky and a couple will get higher grades, but its the way our tests are written as i states before. Btw, noone has ever gotten an A maintained a 3.0 or higher in the major......... And my physical assessment class is the worse, ...i have a rotation of 3 instructors, and 1 who's been teaching the majority of the time, seriously just opens up the book and recites the chapters word for word....including the hands on assessments which we also figure out ourselves, plus because of the multiple instructor, team teaching philosophy : there are plenty of inconsistencies and at times they are all out of sync with each other.
We have a large amount of reading also which i never really figured out how to tackle which is another issue, Lets be serious, 9-11 chapters an exam, when exams here are like every 9-14 days is very unrealistic. Unless your name is Good Will Hunting, you're not retaining everything you've read, so all me (and everyone else does) is rewrite the powerpoint slides. Im really worried im gonna fail my theory course ,...I need 300/400 pts to pass and I currently have exam grades of 82, 82, 74, 74, and I cant seem to get any higher.
Anyone else having similar problems?? any advice?