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Halfmoon, I'm taking micro now so I understand what you're going through. I have an A in lecture, but I'm barely getting by in lab. I missed ONE lab and it just seems I can't get caught back up.
I'm already in my nursing program and I'm acing assessment and pharmacology...why micro lab is killing me is beyond me
My understanding is a C looks better on your transcript than a W...I guess they figure you stuck it out instead of giving up AGAIN.
Halfmoon, (Great Name! In ER it means a patient is displaying one buttock!)
Getting behind in science labs is always a problem. That happened to me when, was at a JC studying Chem. They did have make-up sessions, but I was so turned off to Chem that I never did them. The problem with missing a scheduled lab is that the lab is set up for a specific lesson. I remember my zoology and anatomy labs that were set up, and if you missed any session, you were SOL.
If you intend to finish the course, you may be able to schedule make up lab sessions, if you ask about them.
I took micro as part of my pre-reqs at the same JC where I got my ADN. A fellow student told me about an instructor who gave graded by how many journal articles you read and wrote synopses of. If you did 5, you got a C, 10, a B and 20, you got an A. Easiest A I ever got. The nursing program did not require the lab, although if you took it without the lab, you could not transfer your credit to a university for BSN credit. If I ever decide to get my BSN I will have to take another micro course. I have thought about it, so that I can go back and learn real micro that relates to my practice.
Is this the only micro instructor in your school? Have you discussed classmates who are having the same problem? Best thing that happened to my nursing education was our study group. We met weekly either on campus or a members home.
It's a shame that nursing education did away with the 3-year hospital programs. A colleague of mine told me about her program. Dawn was paired up with a "big sister" her first year. Her second year she was paired up with a "little sister" her second year. The pairings remained in place throughout, so it was the "see one, do one, teach one" med school/residency education that works extremely well. I think I have learned most of my nursing skills by paying attention on the the floor and then teaching it to orientees and other co-workers.
Talk to a counselor in the Nursing Program Office. These folks are paid to give you useful advice. Ask her what you should do. She would be the best resource for information of whether a C is OK. She may also may come up with solutions to getting a better grade. If you cannot get help from the Nursing Office, try seeing a general counselor. You may have to go to a different school for help, but most of them do have some kind of counselling services. Try to find a school with a nursing program similar to yours.
If this is the only instructor is your only option at your school, could you go to another college for micro? It is very inconvenient, and may be too expensive but do not rule it out. Do you know any other nurses? The older I get, the more I look for co-workers (almost everyone, ward clerks, housekeepers and NAs) who look more experienced than I am. I have gotten better advice about my career, and for my health, than ALL of the medical specialists I have ever seen.
Although you may doubt it, you are NOT the only student in history to feel all alone with your trouble. I recall how all alone I felt when everybody in my intermediate algebra class "got it" during a lecture, but I didn't. I went to the library and found a programmed text, and after a night or two, I "got it." I was a pre-med, pre-law, biology, and social work dropout before I decided to get my degree in psychology. In every instance, when I changed my career track, it was because of failure or near-failure of a class.
I learned almost nothing in my chemistry and especially micro classes. I read journal articles that were easy to understand, but had nothing to do with human pathology. Most of what I know about chemistry, micro, human biology, and pharmacology, I learned as a part of my practice.
Halfmoon, I will remember you in my next prayer. I have been in your situation too many times to count. Yesterday I flunked ACLS by a 20 per cent score in a subject that I "aced" 20 times in as many years. I have been without any income for the past year. I need ACLS to get another job. Maybe God is telling me that I am not yet ready to go back to work. But, like you, I need to just dust my butt off and get right back on that horse.
I feel that nursing is more of a calling than a profession. Every day of my practice convinces me that I was born to be a nurse. If you have been called, you will do whatever it takes.
This board has helped me in ways that were inconceivable to me a year ago. Another nurse may have already posted better suggestions than mine.
Hang in there Kid! You have been given not a barrier, but a challenge.
My prayer will ask for helping you to get what you need, not necessarily what you THINK you need.