Clinical Hours

  1. Hi. . guys.
    I want to know your opinion regarding using marks to increase student interest in clinical.
    Any suggestions to increase students interest in clinical.

    Thanks ...
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Are these lab clinicals or hands on?
  4. by   salmi
    I think hands on.
  5. by   altomga
    Now I realize this will be my personal opinion, but students should be interested to start with. They are in nursing school to become a nurse (hopefully it is their dream) and should be eager to learn.........I know I ate up any info I could learn as a student...and still do since I am always learning!
  6. by   TinyNurse
    MARKS WOULD BE GREAT FOR A STUDENT, AS IN MY CLINICALS i ONLY GOT A PASS/FAIL GRADE. Many of us students thought we should achieve marks rather than the P/F on papers and clinical. It seemed like better time spent.
    just my opinion as a new grad from an ADN program.
  7. by   VickyRN
    State of NC BON dictated that all ADN clinical grading be pass/fail--so no choice for NC individual schools. We give extra points for "A" and "B" clinical grade and add directly to students theory average (as long as the student is PASSING in theory to begin with). An "A" earns 3 points to raw score, a "B" 2 points, no points for C.
  8. by   gwenith
    Do you use a "competancy based" curriculum? Do you structure you competancies around key or core criteria?

    I have used competancy bases assesment for clinical assessment with a great deal of success. Can't talk today - this s a flying visit to the board but feel free to Pm me anytime we are both logged on and we might be able to use the "chat room" for exchange of ideas. It would probably be better and easier to explain than on the board.
  9. by   layna
    Marks are great. I also believe that there should be extra credit avialable for the students that are motivated to go above and beyond their educational requirements- to serve as an example for the ones that aren't as motivated or that are too hesitant to "dig in".
  10. by   SteelTownRN
    As an educator for over 12 years, I firmly believe that clinical should be pass/fail. How on earth am I, a mere mortal, to quantify the performance of students that I am not with 100% of the time? How do you put a number on someone who take 3 times to start and IV an a difficult vein, but another student hits a "garden hose" vein on the first time? I wouldn't know where to start. And, if called upon to explain/defend a numeric ranking system, I don't think I could substantiate that. Ever.

    I also do not believe in extra credit. When I first started teaching, I used it, but then saw that grades were falsely elevated by using extra credit on tests. So, I stpped it completely. I support that decision by saying that you only get one chance with your patients, and if you don't get things right the first time, extra credit won't be there to save your fanny on the unit.

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