I am in my first semester of nursing school and study quite a bit. I have given up a social life and spend most of my time in my books, on my computer taking practice tests, and in study groups. I have taken two exams already and have not passed them. You must make an 80 or above to pass, if not you fail the exam. The only grades we get are our exams, and there are 8 total.
Our exams are on the computer and are 50 questions. We given an hour and 15 minutes and I never have time to look back over my exam. The timing is not agreeing with me.
I have a Bachelor's degree and have always made god grades. So I am baffled. I knew nursing school would not be easy but I am bending over backwards only to see discouraging results. I am schocked, freaking out and need advice and help! Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
Feb 5, '11
Quote from mike r
it's not enough that these schools cram tons of information into our heads, but then they test us not on facts but how all of these pieces relate to each other.
in the end, as a nurse you should know what to expect from medical diagnosis, possible complications, medications and their side effects and what you would do about all of it as well as any pertinent teachings. after all, that's what nurses do.
^^ this. in. the. end!! stop trying to teach it that way in the beginning! it's grossly unfair to students to expect them to apply a concept until they thoroughly understand it. instructors don't take an accounting i student and make them try to pass the cpa exam questions, do they?
learn first, then apply. to teach it any other way is just setting the students up to fail. it's not good teaching. it's stupid women-think, again. can't organize, can't streamline it, can't remember to say what the key points are, out of all that blathering. if this stuff is indeed a system, then it has a stupid-simple work process and decision tree for the beginner, and then after they learn that rudimentary thing, then you start fleshing it in and teaching about more than one way to do this or that, or more than one thing to consider. please make some sense of your "system" before you stand up to teach it, you stupid women instructors! students don't learn by osmosis. if this is a beginner class, be sure to emphasis exactly what you want them to learn from each lecture. i feel like this is all just one big game of keep-away: "there is a message someplace in all of this 4 hours of talking i am going to do, but you'll have to figure out for yourself what is is, haha!"
there, i am off my soap box. if i manage to learn anything textbook in nursing i, it will be because i taught it to myself, not because the curriculum and the teaching tools are well designed.
original post: get the study guide that goes with your textbook. most of these instructors will pull questions almost straight from that if the school didn't suggest or require your to buy the study guide, i'd almost bet that their test questions are running very close to those in the study guide.
Last edit by Streamline2010 on Feb 5, '11