Why there is a shortage of nurses. - page 3
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Jan 17, '03The school of nursing I attended would "weed out" people into the middle of senior year. The school had a very long 100% pass rate on boards, and it was impressed upon us over and over that they did not want that pass rate to be broken.
I remember when I took boards having the huge fear that I would be the one to break the 100% pass rate; strange that my first fear wasn't not getting my license because I didn't pass. When I talked to several of my classmates after boards, guess what...they all said the same thing.
Jan 17, '03I also was fortunate to attend a community college that was willing to help me if I helped myself. There was a study lab, as group we studied together, we quizzed each other etc. But I too am one that had to find a school that fit me - not me fitting the school. The first school I was in they said it is all self study and if you have a job or family plan on not seeing much of them for the next two years or else you are not going to make it through. Thank goodness I found NICC in Calmar Iowa - No butt kissing but respect for students and faculty which I believe is important. Thanks
Jan 17, '03Wow!! Just the post I needed to read tonight. I realize I am not alone. Graduate in 3 1/2 months BSN and "they" told us the next four weeks will weed us out. Wonder what they were doing the last 3 1/2 years???? Totally agree with _JT.....
The stress is incredible---can't sleep for fear of clinicals. Am praying I am not singled out and do everything perfect.....
43 and aging fast.
Jan 18, '03It is hard, but you can do it. We did. And when you are finished you will have an incredible feeling of accomplishment.
You can be one of the people who create change for the better of our profession.
Jan 18, '03I truly hate to say this, but the truthfulness of it is astounding. I think it also has a link to how teaching is regarded so lowly in our society. The core of the message is this: a teacher is someone who passes on information in their field because they are the least qualified to practice their respective field, and feel challenged by their own inadequacies directly related to their own real-world performance. Obviously there are exceptions. The very best instructors I had go back to the same theme that jt-
stated. If the instructor is competent and at ease with their own real world capabilities and knowledge, they are the easiest instructors to learn from because they do not perceive their students' inadequacies as a reflection of their own, but rather as objective information from which to proceed and adjust procedures in their teaching. It led me to understand and make a generalization about nursing instructors that has some merit. The clinically competent ones are best at teaching. I had two instructors in who reinforced this so dramatically that I haven't forgotten it, after 25 years! The bad one was a pharm freak who could recite all the drugs, and would go on this soapbox to embarrass the students. Another instructor was very easy going, showed you everything and why, and loved being questioned. Their was a shortage of instructors one day and the satanic version had to cover ICU. BOOM, 2 crashes. Short of staff, we had to pitch in and help. The angel version came down from another floor and quickly filled in giving resuscitation meds off the crash cart to both patients, and never missed a step. The satanic instuctor went into catonic state and couldn't even rotate to the ambu bag. After it was over, the angel greeted me and the other student, smiling with excitement, and said "Let's go get a coke, and I'll help you write out a nursing process for this", and we did. I never will forget her going over the crash cart and laying out the meds that were going to be needed, acknowledging to the charting RN what was being given and stating the time. The satanic instructor never looked me in the eye again. That was my last clinical rotation so I escaped further agonies with her.
Jan 18, '03I have been attending a community college the past couple of years to fulfill prerequisites for an associate degree nursing program. I completed all prerequisites by July 2002. My GPA was right up there. All that was left to do was take a couple challenge tests to be admitted into the second semester of the nursing program. I've been an LPN with a wide range of experiences for 23 years. Piece of cake, right? Wrong. Although I did very well on the test regarding the basics, I missed the pharmacology one by a few points. The options available to me, it was explained, were to: 1)sign up for and start at the beginning with the fall first semester students, or 2)retake the pharmacology challenge test (along with the other one I already did so well on) the following December (after paying another fee, of course). My reply was that I didn't need the first semester; I just needed to retake the pharmacology test. To retake the pharmacology test was not available to this student (me), but the first semester nursing students were allowed to retake it a second time. Hmmm, maybe I had my terminology mixed up. It was a challenge test for me. It was part of finals for the first semester students. Nevertheless, I e-mailed a letter of complaint to our state's student discrimination task force, with copies sent to the appropriate department heads at the college. Hopefully, future LPN's seeking advancement in nursing won't have the hoops we go through be made so difficult. In the meantime, I'm taking this year off school. And I'm retaking that d@m! test in December!