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No, I don't feel like it has improved other than we have 3 chances to pass our check off skills. Some of the teachers are helpful but most are not and they are mean about it and expect you to take it. I have heard of some horror stories that are pretty bad here that has happened to other students currently. Some of the teachers don't teach and just read the powerpoints. I have had to take some major abuse from the teachers but nothing like some have had it. I feel sorry for them. It seems like if they don't like you they find a way to fail you in clinicals, they follow you around and wait for you to make a mistake. Not all are like this, about half. Some are truly wonderful but if you get the others, may God help you because you better pray real hard. The administration does nothing to help you, they act like they care but in the end they don't really care at all. They don't seem to care that their students are being treated unfairly or bad. Some, yes, may have good experiences but for the majority they do not but are unwilling to say anything about it. We haven't had to watch videos for check offs on how to do them but I hear the spring class does. How can you learn a skill from a video? It's just showing you what it looks like to pass the skill but how do you learn "how" to do the skill? If they showed a video on "how" to do the skill, I can see that but they don't. I have heard that is a complaint from some of the people in the spring class. This is an honest truthful review and I hope people listen. It has been a horrible experience and I wish I had never come here. If some of the stuff that has happened to other people ever got out to the state, the school would lose its accreditation for sure. I feel like I am in HELL!!
It sounds like you're at a different school entirely. I'm just starting 1930 (in the accelerated class) and I've pretty much loved every minute of it. I know of one clinical instructor who made it difficult from some of her students but she didn't fail any of them. Unfortunately, it is the luck of the draw when it comes to which clinical instructor you have, but her students made it work, focused on their patients, helped each other, and all of them passed.
Skills check-offs are completely different for us this summer. We no longer are under the stress of "three strikes you're out." They've combined our 5 skills into two check-offs. If we succeed on the first attempt, we get a point toward our final grade. If we aren't successful, we don't get the additional point and we have to return to the lab for validation which involves going over the skills one-on-one with a member of faculty.
As for the videos, they're still there to watch. Honestly, they helped me immensely and I passed all fundamentals check-offs on my first attempts. But here's the thing, if somebody expects to just watch the video and not put in hours in the lab then of COURSE they won't feel like they learned the skill. That's why we do hours of practice. If you didn't do your time in the lab, learning and understanding the skill, then you have only yourself to blame, not a video. The lab instructors are WONDERFUL! All you have to do is pull one aside and ask them to go through the check-off with you until you understand what you're doing.
I have yet to meet a single faculty member who "aren't helpful and are mean about it." Every time I approach an instructor with a question I'm given a warm and intelligent response. When I was teaching college I could tell when a student hadn't been doing their part outside of class. It was a source of frustration to redeliver a lecture one-on-one when the student clearly had not been studying like they should have. Perhaps this is why some instructors may come of as mean.
GPC is fast, difficult, and inexpensive. The faculty members are extremely knowledgeable. Yes, some of them use power points written by somebody else, but those power points are based on information in a text book WRITTEN BY SOMEBODY ELSE. I'm not sure what the issue is with using the ppts. It's a strange argument. All of the information is what we are required to know and understand and a power point presentation, written by anybody, based on the same textbook, will always contain the information we need to know for exams. Period.
We have a tutorial lab. I was there for 2 1/2 hours today. The faculty tutors are brilliant. They are only paid for a certain amount of hours but will stay beyond, for free, because they want you to understand the material. They have candy and stress relieving aromatherapy hand lotions in there. Does that sound like a horrible school filled with teachers who hate you and don't want you to succeed? The first day of 1930, several faculty members came in and set up a beach scene at the front of the class and wrote "1930 is a beach" on the whiteboard. Does THAT sound like faculty who all hate you and absolutely can't wait to sit you down and tell you you're out of the program?
Honestly, I can't stand these negative reviews of this program. Is it all rainbows and unicorns? Absolutely not. It's one of the most difficult and time consuming things I've ever done. The resources are there for help. The faculty are extremely open for clearing up any questions you may have so long as you've studied and done your time and are still confused on any issues.
It's nursing school for crying out loud. The amount of knowledge we're supposed to have absorbed in 4 semesters is staggering. They're doing their best to make sure we know our stuff. It honestly is sink or swim but I have yet to personally meet an instructor who would honestly let you sink if you were truly studying and reading and doing everything you could to stay afloat.
Congrats to ALL of you who got into the fall class! I remember getting my letter so vividly. I was absolutely giddy. It's an awesome program and the faculty are there to help you through but you have to do your part. Use every resource available to you. Make appointments in the tutorial lab. Do your practice in the skills lab. Get organized, ask questions, behave like an adult, and if you get the short stick in clinical instructors, keep in mind it would only be a few days of clinical and put your head down and focus on your patient. After all, you're not always going to love your superiors where you work right?
If you ever have any questions or if in the Fall you start to panic about those crazy nclex style questions on the exams, find me here or on campus and I will talk you down off of the ledge and help you prepare.
Good luck friends!!