Quote from HeartJunkie
I believe that nurses are intelligent people so why do some of them believe everything they read. You all know there is another side to every story. I was one of the first graduates from FSU last year. Yes, that's right, one of the fist seven who did what I was supposed to do and graduate to go on to pass my boards. Yes, our programs had issues that needed to be worked out, many which were due to us being the first class. then, a few students who would not take responsibility for their own incompetence started running to the media. The Fayetteville Observer and staff writer Corey Johnson (gggrrrrr) took it from there. Yes, the state BON needed to know some things. I can guarantee that if the state went into any other school they could also come out with a list of problems. It was just that FSU's was publized throught the media so that the public would say "aawww, poor students who didn't graduate." The paper failed to say that those same students who were complaining were the ones who... came to class 20-30 late, didn't come to clinicals, copy others study guides instead of doing their own, texted during class, made NO effort during clinicals... I could go on for hours! And by the way.. I work at Cape Fear and NO everyone does know that FSU is bad... thank you very much!!!! I would advise everyone to never believe everything you read in the paper... they are only trying to make money like the rest of us... only I can go home with a clear conscience at the end of the day.
As you can see, this topic fires me up so if anyone has any other questions or is thinking about going to FSU I would love to have an INTELLIGENT conversation about it!
Thank you for your side of the story. I agree that a lot of the issues you report would also come up at other schools. Where we disagree is what other schools would do. The university program I attended would never have stood for all of the antics you described. We actually had a senior nursing student at the end of winter semester - thats right, only one semester left to go - that was ejected from the program for reading a newspaper in clinical.
Nursing is a profession as you know, having done what was expected of you. We are the gate keepers and advocates for people when they can't be for themselves. If what you say is true, your program failed by not setting high standards and enforcing them.
Either way, I have no doubt that it is a learning curve issue. FSU will surely inprove it's standards and graduate more competent professionals. We can be sure because that is what the Board of Nursing is intrusted with doing.
You can also help by making yourself available as a role model and tutor to the next class. Be a vocal supporter of your program, at your job, in public and at FSU. Help them recruit better applicants and enforce higher standards.
P.S. Congrats of being there, doing the right thing and living to tell about it. You may be one of the people who save that infant program and help curtail a nursing shortage in North Carolina. You are to be commended.