I am a 1st year GPC Nursing student who just finished a grueling 1st semester. I'm a little shell-shocked
by the whole episode, especially after having seen some very bright, caring and hardworking fellow students fail out of the program for some very minor mistakes during a check-off (Isn't that supposed to be a LEARNING experience?) or bad test questions about stuff that wasn't even covered in the lecture or study materials.
Even after taking to heart the advice of "dedicate
at least 40 hrs a week to lect/ck-offs/clinicals/studying" and our study group was a permanent fixture at the school, the exam results were awful. The horrendous test-questions (degree of difficulty) are NOT like the practice exams, study-guide questions or NCLEX-Review book one is advised to resort to. It's almost like you have to take a course on how to take/pass tests before you enter this program.
I started the program with a 3.8 GPA, Honors courses etc... so I know I'm a pretty good student.
I'm writing to ask if anyone has any advise for the following: The Georgia Board of Nursing will be meeting with our class in a few weeks to review/question as to why the high failure rate at GPC.
What kind of feedback should we give them that would make a difference to this program?
About half of the instructors we have had are wonderful, helping and supportive while the other half expects you to already know how to think and act like a nurse. That's scary when you are thrown into the hospital with your own patient (had a lot of people praying for the patient and ME!)
I would appreciate any help with this matter.
Jan 15, '07
Quote from abmsam
First, nurses should NEVER have trouble finding a job. The shortage is devastating right now, and I would NOT choose GPC simply because you think you have a better chance of finding employment if/when you graduate.
I totally agree with you here. I'm only a pre nursing student, but I have done my research, and I'm very aware of the nursing shortage and the need for qualified nurses in our country. That being said, I was merely relaying what I had been told from a GPC student's mother. Maybe I should open every post of mine with the disclaimer, 'Please, do not kill the messenger.'
I have to disagree with you about your second point. Anything in life is what you make it. I applaud students that felt the need to leave GPC and find a better program. Great for them. However, I do believe whatever situation you find yourself in, you make the best of it and keep moving. I don't have to be a GPC student to know that. I understand those of you who have lived the GPC experience may have a different opinion. That's fine.
I will say this....again. Everything negative that's been said about the school hasn't been made up. Some things must be true. I'm sure every nursing program has its bad moments, but the things I've read here have scared me into applying at other schools that are farther away. Wherever I decide to go, I'll make the best of it
, and succeed.
Last edit by jb2u on Jan 15, '07
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Jan 23, '07
I am so relieved after seeing this post! I started all my prenursing at GPC but with how rude the nursing staff to prenurse applicants, I decided to try Georgia Highlands in Rome. Yes it's a drive but its only 45-1hr from Marietta no traffic! Anyways they cator their program to help students suceed in understanding nursing! You get a personal nursing teach mentor who you can go to any day and cry,discuss strategies, and get support! The test are hard many people had to drop but they try so hard to cater to educating the students its amazing!!! THeir student success rate on the NCLEX is 99% from my understanding.
If you have any questions email me
or send me a private message
Last edit by VickyRN on Jan 23, '07
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