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  • Sep 16

    I just had a situation with a kid deliberately failing his hearing screening. He claiming not to hear at 80 decibels. I asked him to stay back while his peers went back to class, explained to him the rules again (he said he thought I told him only to raise his hand when he heard the first beep), and tried again.

    I would rescreen and gently, but pointedly, say "It's surprising that you cannot read the top line since you didn't have any problem seeing the clear tape on the ground. Why don't you go rinse your eyes in the bathroom and then we'll give it one more shot" This isn't directly calling him out but (if he is faking) then he will know that you are suspicious. Having him go rinse his eyes gives him a moment to cover any embarrassment and have a built in excuse if his vision is miraculously better.

  • Sep 15

    Could it possibly be that... different people take different routes, both routes can lead to success, and there are many successful NPs who took both routes?

    Because that's what I'm seeing.

  • Sep 15

    We have always sent out a letter to the entire grade when a student has been found with lice. We don't name the student but parents are made aware.

  • Sep 15

    Texas: We Care About Our Cooties

  • Sep 11

    Quote from brillohead
    Left to right, top to bottom.
    Crap, I've been doing it wrong this whole time.

  • Sep 11

    Quote from Kaydalion
    Duhh they are human beings.
    Eh. I was going to post a thoughtful response but your attitude is seriously ridiculous.

  • Aug 21

    "I've failed NCLEX 47 times, what can I do? Nursing is my dreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam!"

  • Aug 21

    Trigger Warning: This is a general venting thread. Toes may be stepped upon. Snowflakes may face warm temperatures. No one person is the target.

    Please, fellow AN participants, make the following stop:

    1) Referring to your particular work environment as 'busy'. They are ALL busy. We get it.
    2) Using the word 'devastated' in regards to something that does not involve death, loss of limb, or major natural disaster.
    3) Talking about the PVT- I think I speak for 99% of the million or so AN members when I say this - "Patience is a virtue"
    4) Doing people's homework for them when they have made no effort beyond copy and pasting to do the work themselves.
    5) Asking a complex question and, upon getting a thoughtful answer from an expert who took time and energy to compose said answer, failing to thank the stranger who took time to help you.
    6) Mistaking the straight truth for bullying.
    7) Mistaking an answer that differs from what you want to hear for bullying.
    8) Telling experienced nurses you'd NEVER want to be like them when you have no CLUE of how their experience influenced their answer.

  • Aug 18

    What a person older than 61 can do or not do is not the question when that person can not get hired to do or not do anything. That was the point that some people addressed.

  • Aug 17

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    But here's the thing- you had AMPLE opportunity to get all of the other questions right, and didn't. I see this so often, students focus on 'that one question'. No one fails an exam because of one question. One question can be the tipping point for sure- but all of the other questions you got wrong indicate a basic failure to master the exam content.
    Agree. Consider that it is ALL the missed questions that provide inadequate care to a patient. When does that inadequate care actually cause harm?

  • Aug 17

    But here's the thing- you had AMPLE opportunity to get all of the other questions right, and didn't. I see this so often, students focus on 'that one question'. No one fails an exam because of one question. One question can be the tipping point for sure- but all of the other questions you got wrong indicate a basic failure to master the exam content.

  • Aug 17

    Quote from roser13
    Be careful who you aggravate unless you're just about to graduate.

    Some would say that if you're .1 % away from failing, that you really are not showing a mastery of the material and should take the class over. Don't aim for the minimum possible passing score - aim higher.
    I agree with this. If you were close enough to failing that it came down to one question, you weren't grasping the material.

    I'd recommend you take ownership of your inability to reach the required grade, and retake the class if that's an option.

    Fairness is relative. And yeah, it sucks to fail by .1, but the truth is that it wasn't one test that failed you - it was your performance throughout the semester.

    Best of luck to you.

  • Aug 16

    Meh, I had an instructor who clearly hated me in nursing school. She was trying to push her holistic healing agenda on us to advertise her supplement store. I made it clear I was big into science backed practices. I did fine in her class because I knew the material. She ended up getting fired. Probably because she was using the school as a venue to sell her snake (and fish) oil.

  • Aug 13

    Do this if it fulfills personal desires. Do not do this if you intend to rely on making a living at nursing (outside of your social security benefits in a few years). Age discrimination in hiring is alive and well in nursing. You can not depend on being gainfully employed as a nurse once you are licensed.

  • Aug 13

    Regardless which path you take, you should do your best to repair the GPA damage you have done. More importantly you should make sure you get excellent grades in your prerequisite courses because programs often look both at your overall GPA and your prerequisite GPA to gauge how likely you'll be able to successfully complete the program. Yes, they do track this stuff. As to whether or not you should pursue a degree, that's really your choice. One of the few advantages of completing a degree is that sometimes a university will note this and consider you to have completed all your lower division work. This means you basically enter the university as a Junior and you're ready for upper division work, including starting the core coursework in your major. This can come at a cost of more time and money spent at the Junior College level and not directly pursuing your BSN.

    I went to a junior college and transferred directly to a university without completing a degree. I basically had ONE lower division course to take and that was blended into my coursework for my major. The impact to me was quite minor but it could have been significant had I transferred a couple semesters earlier. I got through my undergrad work and I have a Sports Med Bachelors. This helped immensely later when I went back for my ADN, both in being ready to take in the info I needed and because I didn't have to re-do all the lower division GE to earn the Associates Degree.

    Truly it's up to you to decide if it is more advantageous to get your prereqs done and transfer or if you should continue on to earn a degree and then transfer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

    My own personal take on your situation (as I understand it) is that you should knock your prerequisites out of the way and repair your GPA damage in the process. Repeat a course or two if you must but do that sparingly, and try to never have to repeat a prerequisite course unless you absolutely must. If you happen to be a couple courses "short" of earning a degree, go for it and earn the degree. Along the way you should also become very familiar with the university's policies about what courses transfer and what won't and how they'll view an Associates degree relative to their graduation requirements. If you find you're ready to transfer and you haven't earned a degree, you don't have to get it.