Hey everyone. I've just been nicked from the nursing program. I made it all the way to second year, first semester and I've been taken out by an adjunct clinical instructor that had some kind of personal rift against me. I've been thinking about this in great depth since Wednesday, and I'm going to fight. When I met with the dean of nursing yesterday afternoon, she said that she thought the faculty decision to boot me out of the program was unfair, and encouraged me to file an appeal and petition for re-entry back into the program next year. She's also arragned for me to enroll in the surgical tech program, even though they're two months in, so these last two years weren't for naught. First a little background on what has happened. I was stuck with a clinical instructor that had a problem with me from day one. I got a "learning contract" on the second
day of clinicals. I immediately called my advisor, who told me to contact the course coordinator and told her what was up and requested to be moved to a different clinical with a different instructor. I was told to "hang in there". The next two clinicals consisted of me asking her for help and never recieving it. She was never clear about what exactly I was doing wrong, and she treated me with a "hands off approach" almost as if I were bothering her with a request for help. By midterm, I had recieved all unsatisfactories on my evaluation. In two years of clinicals, I've never recieved bad marks from a professor. Clinical has always been my strongpoint, and I doubt that this one was any different. When I discussed this with her, she was rude and defensive. I once again called my course coordinator and told her there was nothing I could do to change my fate with this clinical. I agreed to do an additional clinical day to figure out and resolve what it was I was doing wrong. I asked her if I could write key points in a memo book about my patient, and she stated I could. Later during clinical she said I couldn't do that. That was the last time I brought a note pad to clinical. On the extra clinical day and the remaining four clinical days, I had my meds dead on, didn't waver when she asked me information about them, had two difficult patients which i managed without her help or input, and all of my paperwork was flawless. On the final day of clinical, she assigned me a patient with end stage head and neck cancer that required total care. The patient had a trach, wound care and a peg tube, and I was informed by the instructor that I was expected to do it all. Another student in my same clinical group had this same patient the clinical before and was told to "let the RN handle all wound care changes and PEG tube medications", but I was expected to do it all. I succeeded. The charge nurse on the floor gave me praise with the way I handled this patient and the additional patient I had that day. At the end of the day, when I recieved my final eval, I again had all unsatisfactories. In the comment section, she wrote that she could not pass me because "student was reading the newspaper before clinical" and "student read meds off of note page". I'm still aghast. My entire future has been changed because of this woman, and I am so angry that I have been ripped off this way. I guess I needed to vent all of this stuff to people that would understand, and I want to ensure that this dosen't happen to anyone else. If you have a different clinical instructor and you are doing your best, but not getting the instruction that you paid to recieve, FIGHT IT!! DON'T LET IT GO! This whole "I have to kiss butt or I won't pass" mentality in nursing school
has to stop. I'm not saying go out and cause trouble and pick fights, but don't let someone bully you out of your dreams because they don't like the way you look, or they don't like your accent or any number of silly things that cause prejudice. This is your future. Thanks for reading.