I just completed my first term of a nine-month lpn program. I had practiced for the skills final and I thought it was going to be pretty straightforward like "perform catheter care on the mannequin" when instead the instructors decided to have us perform the skills in a triage setting. The entire class of 15 failed the skills final, and the instructors are laying the blame on the students alone ("you didn't practice enough" etc). I tried to reason with them that we need to practice in a triage setting first and that it is not fair to test us in an environment that we have not been exposed to.
Any of you nurse educators care to comment?