First semester over, and I survived to see next semester (although my GPA has taken a hit, I did my best and am proud of my grade!). Great feeling! We lost 2 people right off the bat, lost 3 more after grades were calculated, so it's pretty tough to leave someone behind. This is where it gets hairy....
After the last day of classes and finals, we had a meeting to turn in all of our clinical documents for review. Turn those in, no problem. Get our paperwork filled out for next semesters clinical sites, no problem. Then the director of our program goes to the front, sets down a huge pile of papers, and tells us every single person passed the final for Fundamentals. Everyone cheers of course, we worked so hard!
(More than a few people in our class needed to do excellent on the final to pass). But the look on her face said that we were mistaken.
She then told us one of 3 things happened.... 1) We mastered the course material. ("Not possible" she said, considering our percentages before the final). 2) One of us stole a copy of the final from the instructors' desk beforehand, and shared it with everyone else. Or 3) One of us went online and bought a copy of the test bank and shared that.
The whole class was shaking their heads in disbelief!
One girl burst into tears at the mere thought of being accused of cheating. We were then educated on how it may be legal to purchase the test bank, but that it's unethical and that we put the whole program in jeopardy by doing so. She refuses to believe that we did great on the final on our own, and that we did not use any unethical or illegal means to do so.
I know that I can vouch for more than a few people in my class, we studied our butts off for this exam! I took 100 question practice exams from my book CD several times a day for weeks. I did practice exams from the PDQ N-clex CD. I went over and over the handouts and lecture notes I took. I read and reread chapters that I was having a hard time comprehending. And the final was incredibly easy, 100 questions, and I was finished in 20 minutes flat. I was very, VERY proud of my 99%! Now, it's tarnished.... For me and for everyone else, but most especially for those that needed 95% or better on the final to pass, and got through to the next quarter by the barest of margins.
Sorry this is long, and pretty rambling. I needed to vent my frustrations somewhere that won't get me in trouble