80% of psychiatric nursing class fail

  1. I am taking psychiatric nursing, last week, we had a quiz. Out of 24 students, 5 people passed. Only one person got 100%, the next highest grade was a 92. Unfortunately, I failed the quiz too. This is the first time I did not pass a quiz in nursing school. We have a nice instructor, but her specialty is meg surg. She never worked in psychiatric field. So basically, she just reads the powerpoint to the class, no explanation. I do not think it is fair, because I am an A student, always did well. The quiz almost impossible to pass. We had 16 critical thinking multiple choices, 2 true or false and 9 short answers with multiple response. We only had 30 minutes. I managed to get a 78, passing is 79. 15 people got lower grades than me. The lowest was a 50. I study my butts off, I know the information inside out. I do nclex questions and do extremely well. I do not know what else to do for that class. Any suggestions?
    She managed to throw out 3 bad questions.
    In my opinion, I think that is one reason, so many people do not finish nursing school, shortage of instructor.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Daytonite
    well, something is obviously not correct here. there was a 100% and a 92% on the exam, so the exam was not impossible to pass and with such high scores. you don't think they cheated, do you? these two people must have known the information too and were able to "think" out the correct answers. knowing the information, processing it and applying it to get to a correct answer choice are two very different things. "thinking" your way to the correct answer is not the same as knowing the information "inside out". you can know all the information and still come up with an incorrect answer choice with critical thinking (application) type questions. that has to do with judgment, as well as knowing the information inside out. a teacher can only do so much in teaching you facts and in how to use your judgment.

    i suggest you review your incorrect answers carefully to see where you made your errors so you can correct your test taking strategy for the next test. also, there is a new sticky thread on the nursing student discussion forum called "looking for test taking strategies" that you should look at and check out the links on.
  4. by   Fabulous
    [quote=daytonite;2434549]well, something is obviously not correct here. there was a 100% and a 92% on the exam, so the exam was not impossible to pass and with such high scores. you don't think they cheated, do you? these two people must have known the information too and were able to "think" out the correct answers. knowing the information, processing it and applying it to get to a correct answer choice are two very different things. "thinking" your way to the correct answer is not the same as knowing the information "inside out". you can know all the information and still come up with an incorrect answer choice with critical thinking (application) type questions. that has to do with judgment, as well as knowing the information inside out. a teacher can only do so much in teaching you facts and in how to use your judgment.

    i suggest you review your incorrect answers carefully to see where you made your errors so you can correct your test taking strategy for the next test. also, there is a new sticky thread on the nursing student discussion forum called "looking for test taking strategies" that you should look at and check out the links on.
    i do not know the two people who did so well, but there is a possibility, that they took the course before with the instructor. but as far as test taking strategies, i do not think it a problem for me. i passed two previous nursing courses with as. the 18 students who failed, most of them are a students from previous nursing courses. we passed the nln exams at the end of the last two semesters. i heard a few students from last semester went to the chairperson and complained about this instructor after so many a students failed an exam.
    on this quiz, we had questions on ptsd, we did not even cover yet. it seemed to me, someone else put the quiz together, without knowing what areas the instructor focused on.
    anyway, i hope to do better on the exam. i went to the instructor and politely asked whatelse i could do. she suggested, i continue to do the samething i am doing.
  5. by   Pachinko
    If so many people are failing the exam, then there's a problem with the instructor IMO.

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