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So, I am on the brink of getting kicked out of my program due to the clinical setting. I arrived late quite a few times and the instructors don't like me or teach me, just reprimand me. I get 80-90% on the exams but it doesn't... Read More


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    So, I am on the brink of getting kicked out of my program due to the clinical setting. I arrived late quite a few times and the instructors don't like me or teach me, just reprimand me. I get 80-90% on the exams but it doesn't matter since the instructor can decide to fail you for the smallest reason, such as wearing the wrong color nail polish or being ten minutes late. I already failed one course for that reason. A few days after my grievance over the grade was filed I got an email stating that I'm not allowed to go to clinical the next day because my TB test was overdue so I will probably fail the course, which will be talked about in person. After one F transferring is relatively impossible and the constant meetings make it difficult to accomplish anything other than talking. I was reminded that my test was overdue and asked the status two weeks prior but I was busy writing a few papers and stacking copies of documents for the grievance filing. Does anyone have any advice for me? It would be much appreciated.
    Showing responsibility and maturity are imperative to being a nurse. Arriving to work on time. Having your proper certifications completed and on time. Follow through with appropriate actions in a timely manner are nursing requirements.

    Late TB tests even when you are working are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination. Attendance, failure to arrive on time, is also grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination.....and is disrespectful to your co-worker/instructor. Your school even warned you 2 weeks prior but, in their view, you were too self absorbed to be bothered to fulfill the programs requirement because you were busy stacking papers/copies for your fight with them.

    Anytime you are trying to prove a point and confront someone on their behavior.......you need to be sure there are no cracks in your glass.....so your behavior and compliance needs to be without reproach. Let the one "without sin cast the first stone".....

    You are always going to encounter that may not like you or may pick on you. You need to be mature enough to take responsibility and learn how to adapt and respond in a responsible and mature manner. Especially in nursing school when your exposure to this CI is temporary. Take responsibility for your own actions and control your own destiny.

    The failure to follow set rules, wearing the wrong color nail polish and being ten min late, shows immaturity, disrespect, and that you are unreliable. All unacceptable behaviors in a nurse.

    My advice?......I would apologize for my behavior. Set out a behavior plan about how you are going to improve so you can remain in the program....and I would be sure to let them know how much you want to be a nurse and why. I would look inside to see what about me I need to change to improve myself as well.

    I wish you the best.
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    You're allowed to wear nail polish?

    Im sorry everything else sounds like your fault...

    When i know someone doesnt like me - I automatically do my best to shine in their eyes - especially when they have me by the *short and curlies*... And then when our interaction is over, their ego was stroked and I got my grade/raise/accolades...

    That's all I've got...
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    Advice: Stop showing up late, dont wear nail polish.

    And you missed the TB test window? Dude, you're putting others at risk. In my last CNA class 2 people have positive TB skin tests and had no idea. Can you imagine if they went to clinical like that?

    I mean really, why are you late? If you are scared you're going to be late, you need to be RIDICULOUSLY early and sit in the parking lot and wait. Your teacher actually isnt in the wrong here. You need to take more responsibility to be there on time, look proper, etc.

    Like other people have said, if you expected to get a job with all these flaws, you'd be jobless for some time. But its not too late to turn it around.....
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    I understand it's hard to get up early I too found AM clinicals awful. I took melatonin to fall asleep and Benadryl to stay asleep I set 2 alarms. An got there early and eat breakfast. I wore no nail polish. The importance of being on time was made clear to us this way, your gonna be awfully ticked off, if after a 12 hour shift your replacement isn't there and you have to stay, so be on time, in fact be early, that way you can stash your crap, chat with people before hitting the floor. It makes for an easier and better day for every one. We were constantly told to act as if it was a job interview, those nurses notice if your late, lazy, sloppy ect and it can keep you from getting a job. Also your clinical instructors write your recommendations for your first job. Getting known in the wrong way, hurts you way more in the long run. Right now, here's what you need to do.... Get up on time, go to the health department and get a TB shot it ten dollars, (frankly I'm surprised you were allowed on the floor with out it, we were told if we didn't have it it was an absence until we did and you only allowed to miss so much before failing the class) and get there on time, early in fact and apologize. Then make yourself the most awesome student from here out so that hopefully the other clinical instructors will give your a good recommendation, and the other floor nurses will like you and give you a recommendation. I have my first job it's nights so yes getting up on time is whole lot easier and I don't need to take anything anymore to sleep. But my job is an hour away. It 2 1/2 hour round trip, I leave an extra 1/2 hour early to allow for traffic, my boss knows where I live and drive that's involved, (her daughter lives here) she doesn't care, too may people are looking for a job. It's still a write up if I'm late (not I have been) and yes I have been late 10 min or so a couple of times, due to really bad weather. I would have been a lot later without my cushion. Also they look at call outs and tardiness when they do reviews, and it factors in to raises. My sister hospital had 1-3% raise places on your evaluation. Being on probation for tardiness or anything else meant 0 raise.
    Last edit by macgirl on Oct 3, '12 : Reason: Typos
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    Showing responsibility and maturity are imperative to being a nurse. Arriving to work on time. Having your proper certifications completed and on time. Follow through with appropriate actions in a timely manner are nursing requirements.

    Late TB tests even when you are working are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination. Attendance, failure to arrive on time, is also grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination.....and is disrespectful to your co-worker/instructor. Your school even warned you 2 weeks prior but, in their view, you were too self absorbed to be bothered to fulfill the programs requirement because you were busy stacking papers/copies for your fight with them.

    Anytime you are trying to prove a point and confront someone on their behavior.......you need to be sure there are no cracks in your glass.....so your behavior and compliance needs to be without reproach. Let the one "without sin cast the first stone".....

    You are always going to encounter that may not like you or may pick on you. You need to be mature enough to take responsibility and learn how to adapt and respond in a responsible and mature manner. Especially in nursing school when your exposure to this CI is temporary. Take responsibility for your own actions and control your own destiny.

    The failure to follow set rules, wearing the wrong color nail polish and being ten min late, shows immaturity, disrespect, and that you are unreliable. All unacceptable behaviors in a nurse.

    My advice?......I would apologize for my behavior. Set out a behavior plan about how you are going to improve so you can remain in the program....and I would be sure to let them know how much you want to be a nurse and why. I would look inside to see what about me I need to change to improve myself as well.

    I wish you the best.

    ^ This x's 1000!

    Listen to these nurses. All of them are essentially saying the same thing--and of that, not a few.

    Seriously, no one is going to have any sympathy for you at all based on what you have said. Nursing and medicine are run a little like the military. Certain things are expected and will be completed, period, end of story. It's on you to do them--to find out how to do them--like the immunization issue. Really? You call and figure it out, period.

    So do you really NOT want to be there? I have to question if in fact you do.

    If you do, get it together and do what is expected, and then try to go the extra mile after that.

    Favoritism occurs a lot EVERYWHERE, but sometimes students think instructors are playing favorites, when in fact, they simply see another student taking a stronger interest in things.

    If you don't get it together, people are going to think you just to care enough, and then you will be out. It's as simple as that.
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    In my opinion, nursing school rules are NOT outrageous. There are legitimate reasons for all of them. Nail polish is unhygienic. You're lucky you get wear it at all. Is it really that difficult for you to comply with a simple rule like nail color? TB requirements are usually those of the clinical facility, enforced by the school. If you can't comply with the facility as a student, you wont last long as an employee if you get hired. You have plenty of notice as to what is required of you before clinicals. If your classmates can get it done, you can too. It is your responsibility, and it is not an outlandish request. You need to buck up and take accountability. They don't ask anything unreasonable of you. Put some big girl undies on and do what you need to do, and don't blame your instructors for your problems and whine about "unfair treatment" when you don't hold up your end of the stick. JMO.
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    It sounds like you are a very intelligent person. You made it into your program, and you make good grades. Most nursing programs are extremely competitive, so you should take pride in yourself. Not wearing nail polish, following rules, and being on time should be the easy part. Doing those simple things shows you are serious about your future as a nurse. Think of the applicants that didn't make it into your program; would they gladly trade places with you? Don't take your opportunity for granted. Perception is reality to the instructors, and first impressions are very important. Take this opportunity to turn the situation around, and make a better impression. Maybe then you will be the favorite. Good Luck!
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    So, I am on the brink of getting kicked out of my program due to the clinical setting. I arrived late quite a few times and the instructors don't like me or teach me, just reprimand me. I get 80-90% on the exams but it doesn't matter since the instructor can decide to fail you for the smallest reason, such as wearing the wrong color nail polish or being ten minutes late. I already failed one course for that reason. A few days after my grievance over the grade was filed I got an email stating that I'm not allowed to go to clinical the next day because my TB test was overdue so I will probably fail the course, which will be talked about in person. After one F transferring is relatively impossible and the constant meetings make it difficult to accomplish anything other than talking. I was reminded that my test was overdue and asked the status two weeks prior but I was busy writing a few papers and stacking copies of documents for the grievance filing. Does anyone have any advice for me? It would be much appreciated.
    This reminds me of the Dear Abby column where the teenager wrote in that her mother was all over her to pick up her room, do the dishes, help cook dinner, do her homework, and put away her clothes. What should she do to get her mother to stop this unreasonable picking on her? The answer: Pick up your room, do the dishes, help in the kitchen, do your homework, and put away your clothes.

    So with this.

    Be on time; by now you ought to have gotten the message that it's important. This is because if you are in the habit of being late for things you will get fired from your paying jobs. Connection, there.

    You can't wear nail polish or acrylics in clinical, it's an absolute no-no for infection control purposes. Same in any patient care area. No.

    Your school is not allowed to bring a student into a hospital who does not have a current TB test. If you ever get a real nursing job, you will not be able to work without one, either. See the connection?

    Your test was late because you were too busy putting together a grievance filing? If it was even partly about the three issues above, you're toast anyway.

    Sorry, I am sure you came here for sympathy and to hear what nasty people your faculty are. I have had students like you. If they didn't undergo a rapid attitude adjustment it was clear they didn't have what it took to be nurses. So with you.

    YOU are responsible for meeting the requirements of the program, which is why they reprimand you and "don't teach you." And it's probably got a lot to do with why they don't like you either.

    Get with the program, or get into a major that doesn't care if you're late for class, wear nail polish, have a TB skin test, or can't file your written work on time. Off the top of my head I can't think of one, but since you have a bundle of energy to waste on filing grievances instead of doing the work for the program, maybe you can research and find one.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
    Last edit by GrnTea on Oct 3, '12
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    Sorry about all you difficulties. But I agree with everyone else. Nursing is not just about being smart in Anatomy class and getting good grades. You have to show that you are responsible for your learning (not just letting others teach you, but actually figuring things out), and that you are responsible to your workplace and clients. Not getting tested and showing up late are not signs of a good future nurse for your instructor. You should be able to figure out where to get tested, calll around maybe or ask others in your group. I am in school myself and have to admit that there are times it feels like military school, lol. However, none of what you are writting about sounds unfair. Remember that peoples lives will someday be in your hands. If you didn't follow an order properly because you couldn't figure it out or didn't do something important on time because you were late, or were too tired etc..that although these may be all true, legit excuses they will not matter to your boss or your patient's family if they cause harm or put extra stress on your coworkers.
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    So, I am on the brink of getting kicked out of my program due to the clinical setting. I arrived late quite a few times and the instructors don't like me or teach me, just reprimand me. I get 80-90% on the exams but it doesn't matter since the instructor can decide to fail you for the smallest reason, such as wearing the wrong color nail polish or being ten minutes late. I already failed one course for that reason. A few days after my grievance over the grade was filed I got an email stating that I'm not allowed to go to clinical the next day because my TB test was overdue so I will probably fail the course, which will be talked about in person. After one F transferring is relatively impossible and the constant meetings make it difficult to accomplish anything other than talking. I was reminded that my test was overdue and asked the status two weeks prior but I was busy writing a few papers and stacking copies of documents for the grievance filing. Does anyone have any advice for me? It would be much appreciated.

    Are you subconsciously hoping to be failed? Do you feel you really don't want to be there? You know if you have been "late often" for any job you will be terminated. Maybe seek counseling to see why you do not want to succeed. You are in a position that many many nurses which they can take your spot. By filing grievances you have somehow "set yourself up" to fail. The instructors hold the "ball" so to speak. THEY can "find" reasons to fail you. Another thing, why are you even wearing nail polish to clinicals, is that even allowed? No nail polish or "fake nails"in that case and they said in advance no polish then you have already "crossed" the line. It sounds to me that you really need to meet with someone who can help you sort through these issues with you, because it is only going to get worse. Blessing to you!!
    Last edit by jtmarcy12 on Oct 3, '12 : Reason: added no fake nails


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