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falon. . .we had a professor who did this to us with our very first nursing class in our bsn program and she was the dean of the program too. we learned later that she did this routinely to "wake" people up to the realities of what it means to be a university student. she was educated at an ivy league college and was an honor student herself. unfortunately, we were only the second class she had so we really didn't have a clue of what was going on. everyone, however, ended up passing the class. pay close attention to what she says you are doing wrong so you can make the right corrections. take notes as she is having her rants and hissy fits so you won't forget anything. she can't possibly flunk everyone out because she would be out of a job and have a lot of explaining to do to her bosses. nursing departments cost a lot of money for colleges to run--more than any other curriculums. she has got to know this or else she's a certified nut job. my guess is that she is trying to shake you guys up to the realities of college study. a poor way of doing it to my way of thinking. that's like the old way of parenting by instilling fear of getting a beating every time you do something wrong. pretty soon you're afraid to even think for yourself for fear it will result in a beating. it works, but it damages and scars the psyche.
aren't there any students who are in more advanced stages of the nursing program that you can inquire of about this instructor and her tests? their input and suggestions on how to get through her class would be helpful.
sorry, i disagree.
students should not have to psychoanalyze teachers' motives.
the instructor's job is to teach the material well enough so that any average college-age student who studies can learn it. we're talking nursing fundamentals here, not grad studies in quantum physics, for pete's sake.
there is no excuse for this teacher withholding information. there is no excuse for the entire class failing the paper or the quizzes and tests. there is no excuse for the teacher blaming the class for failing to learn what she is failing to teach.
you're paying good money to learn an entry level nursing class. you are not paying to be psychologically abused and degraded.
if this class is supposed to educate you to the "real world" of nursing, then i suggest you do what "real nurses" do when confronted with this type of behavior: take it up the chain of command. see the dean. if no immediate corrective action is taken, i suggest that you do what nurses have been doing for decades when treated unfairly: vote with your feet and get out of there.