Test on 1st Day of Nursing Class

  1. UGH!! Have you EVER heard of such a thing? Well, when I went to register for my nursing classes , the director hands me a sheet & informs me that there will be a test the first day of class & that I should study this for the test. HOMEWORK, & I haven't even started yet. Mind you, the test is on prefix, suffixes & combinations of the 2.

    What do you guys think? Unheard of or just me .

    Justjenn
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    We had a med math test on the second day of school. Never had a test on the first day though!
  4. by   Jennerizer
    Guess they want you prepared, but I do think that is a bit extreme.
  5. by   NurseDixie
    Maybe they just want to know how much you know about the medical terms.
  6. by   iliel
    I was informed that the first day of A&P II lab, we have a test on the last Chp from A&P I. Fun! Good luck on your test.
  7. by   essarge
    I am now a senior and on the first day of every semester, we had a med calclulations test. This fall it will be an exam on 41 psych meds....so yes, I have heard of it. Good luck!
  8. by   kbstudent
    Actually, having a test on prefixes and suffixes is a good thing. Medical terminology is something that my class is expected to pick up as we went along. I was lucky in that I have been in the health care industry for over 20 years before going to nursing school. Medical terminology is 2nd nature to me where a lot of my classmates were struggling with it. Of course a test the first day is a bit extreme, maybe the 2nd day !!!! We had a math test the first week which we were told to study for over the summer.
  9. by   det01
    I agree that it could be a good thing. I have known lots of ppl that really struggle with the medical terms. It is much easier to figure out what a word like dacryocystocele means if you know that dacryocyst/o means tear sac (lacriminal sac) and that cele means hernia or swelling. Therefore you can deduct that dacryocytocele means a hernia or swelling of the lacriminal sac (tear sac). It really helps alot on tests!
  10. by   cometothecradle
    Get ready, they are already trying to weed out people, nursing school is a rough ride, I never would have believed it, unless I expierenced it myself. Where I went to school only 50% of students passed each semester. They wanted high pass rate on the NCLEX and had almost 100%, but weeded out alot of good, smart people that would have made excellent nurses. Buy NCLEX's books and find the topic you are studying about in the book, and study that way, by answering there questions, because it's not just the right answer it's the "BEST" answer.
  11. by   PennyLane
    At orientation we have to take a 50-minute critical thinking test. Anyone else have to do this?
  12. by   det01
    cometothecradle gave great adice even for prereq classes. I had teachers that tried to make the tests like the NCLEX tests. Schools really like the high pass rates for the NCLEX - the same schools don't seem to care much about retention rates.

    Look at the stats for the schools. Many times they have a 98-100% NCLEX pass rate. The same schools have a 60-70% retention rate. DO you think all 30-40% of those students decided that nursing just wasn't for them after putting all that hard work in to it? Probally not. That many ppl are really weeded out of the schools. I have a friend that is now an LPN - but she was "weeded" out of 2 BSN programs and an RN program..even one other LPN program. Then an instructor really took time with her and helped her...she is now a wonderful nurse - she was just not good at those type questions. Anyways that was probally somewhat for another thread - sorry. (but it is somewhat connected)
  13. by   Rapheal
    Yes, My former school did this too. Nursing school is very hard. Only 15% of my class made it through to graduation (although some were still in school, just repeating classes).

    At first it was a real shock because the program was not like the co-requisite college classes. The program had it's own rules and policies. You could not even miss a class for fear of repraisals.

    Eventually you get the hang of it. Some people love it, some can't wait to get out. Either way, best of luck to you. Hope you did well on the test.
  14. by   fnimat1
    Wow!!! A test on the first day...I know I may sound like a geek...but I got excited when I read that....I love school....and can't wait to start...whenever I'm accepted....lol. Just try and study hard...when is your first day of class?

    Fatima

    P.S. From what I've heard and read on this board..that's how you'll survive in nursing school....by "studying ahead"

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