The "Nursing Games" claims it's first victims...

I posted on another thread recently how nursing school is like "The Hunger Games." Today was a particularly rough day. I heard the cannon sound for several of my fellow classmates. They failed the required drug calculation test and have been dismissed from the program. I feel so sad for them. It just really, really suck to have put in so much time and hard work, not to mention money, to be admitted into the program and then get dropped the first month. I can still see the tears. Blerg!

Sep 19, '12That stinks :( Happened to me last year, first semester, 3rd week! I didn't even get a call. Got an email that said I failed and to go drop my classes. That was it! I bawled like a baby for a good hour. I was lucky enough to get back in in the fall semester. I hope they can get back in as well!


Sep 20, '12I take my drug calc test on OCT 8 and we have to get a 92 or above on it ..if we dont we get one more try to pass with a 92 then we are dismissed ...I AM TERRIFIED !

Sep 20, '12Class started July 1st with 33 students. This week, we lost another one and are down to 15 students. Dramatic attrition! I have to wonder if all of my graduating class will be able to carpool together in one vehicle for graduation!

Sep 20, '12I wonder how much of this is lack of education? We weren't really taught med math, we were given a test and told "good luck!" I thankfully took biochem and we were taught cross canceling so I passed but even to the last term we still had people failing.

Sep 20, '12Wow that sucks!!! I understand that math is important but we don't fail our class over math! Sure math can fail you if you don't do well on your tests but there's no, Make such and such grade on Math or you fail the whole class. It's averaged in with our grades thankfully.

Sep 20, '12Quote from Katie71275Interesting, every school I have ever heard of has a medication math exam at the start of each semester of clinical due to accreditation and clinical partnerships per the IOM.Wow that sucks!!! I understand that math is important but we don't fail our class over math! Sure math can fail you if you don't do well on your tests but there's no, Make such and such grade on Math or you fail the whole class. It's averaged in with our grades thankfully.

Sep 20, '12Quote from DawnJI just laughed out loud. Lol!!! I have to wonder if all of my graduating class will be able to carpool together in one vehicle for graduation!

Sep 20, '12Yes, it is sad.
But the math is THAT important.
The power of a decimal point is a very awesome thing.
When it comes down to the math, there is no room for error. 

Sep 20, '12Believe me, I am not underestimating the importance of the drug calculations test!
I guess what is really bothering me is that so many students I know can't survive nursing school, but I know they did really well in A&P and Microbiology. The number of second year students has dropped about 80 percent. They have two more semesters. At this rate, they can not only carpool, but they might be able to fit in a Smartcar! Is the school failing them? I know that schools do weed students out, but 80% is ridiculous! 
Sep 21, '12I think the school and the instructors are failing them......If there is a test in the first weeks of class and these students have worked and sweated and PAID their way into school...to have one test at the beginning of the journey and not have a class as a apart of the curriculum......is unfair and brutal.
Drug calculations are VERY IMPORTANT....for mistakes can have dyer consequences. But you have to be taught. I find it baffling that programs are dropping pharmacology from their programs. I find it baffling that there isn't an entire semester devoted on calculations and pharmacology because it IS that important. I find it sad that these "nurses" don't teach how to perform calculations and then try to mentor these new students to find what they are not understanding....before sending them to the electric chair.
It is just a simple algebraic equation to solve these problems......but every time I have posted conversion tables and the amount of students that have never seen one or been given one by their program tells me there is a failure in the system.