Quote from arob1489
I think there is always wiggle room. At the end of the day it is someone sitting behind a desk with a pen in hand checking off student hours. Depending on how far into clinicals your class was, they honestly could have just had you make it up in one volunteer day or shadowing or something. In some first year clinicals a student is lucky to even give an injection. Honestly it sounds like the people in your program just didn't care enough.
How many nursing programs have you taught in? I'm certainly no expert, but I've taught in a few over the years, both ADN and BSN programs. Facilities won't
allow students to be present outside of the already-agreed upon clinical rotation hours, or without a school instructor present to supervise. Someone can't just be sent to a hospital to "shadow" someone and call that a clinical day. Also, it's not cost-effective for schools to have a clinical instructor do a make-up day for one student, so they're not willing to do it (and, speaking as an instructor, I and most of the other faculty I've known over the years would not be personally
willing to do that, regardles of the cost factors). Most hospitals nowadays are juggling groups of students from multiple schools and the clinical rotation schedules are v. tight. There just isn't a realistic mechanism for making up missed clinical days. If you miss more than the specified number of hours, you fail the rotation, however valid your excuse (and that typically means you're out of the program). The last psych clinical rotation I taught was an accelerated/compacted summer term -- we had 12-hour clinical days, but the max number of hours a student could miss was 8 hours (one "normal" clinical day). So, if any of the students had missed a full day of clinical, s/he would have been out of the program. If anyone had been sick, s/he would have had to at least come in for four hours of the day, or fail out of the nursing program (needless to say, I had some "under the weather" students during the term, but no one called in sick).
Also, we rarely get the full story here. When a decision made by a school seems harsh or arbitrary, sometimes it's because there have been previous issues with a student and the current situation is simply "the final straw" and the school is glad to get rid of the person. I'm not suggesting that is the situation here, because we don't have any information about anything like that -- but it does happen.