From the Husband of a student nurse
: I will not apologize for what must be said with some detail.
My wife enrolled in a nursing program in what I call a satellite of larger 2 year school. When she did this, I asked the college if the training would be the same as what was offered at the main campus. We were told the training is the same and that everything is laid out in the nursing handbook that all campuses of the college would follow.
By being able to observe the school, the training given, reviewing the class and seeing the equipment and after class access to these after class for reinforcement of the lessons, the school has set students up for failure.
The term was about to begin. The satellite schools did not have the necessary information. They did not know where they would take their practicum. That may have made a difference as to where the student would reside. They were uninformed compared to the main campus students. The head of the nursing department was unaware of the disparity in the information dissemination between the main campus and its satellites.
The term started. Books and tuition for the first term was about 5k. The lab fee was almost a thousand more than other comparable schools. The school told us that it was because of the costs of materials; satellite broadcasting was used for some mass lecture to all affiliated campuses, life-like practice dummies and materials were also part of the costs.
We filed the proper financial aid papers completely, but, we did not get aid the first year until one month into the second term. At the beginning of year 2, we were informed that aid will not be made available until after the Winter term was completed.
When I called the school to ask about the delays in the financial aid's processing, the school said it was because they have a hiring freeze and there are working with one person short. Having spoken with several students from this college who dropped out because of no aid and no finances to continue the school continued to use the excuse of not enough employees in the financial aid office. More contacts to the financial aid office resulted in the school saying that they are backlogged because of the increase in enrollment. The second year and more delays resulted in the school reiterating its excuses from the first year.
The school is operating at a deficit and students are dropping out because of unprocessed financial aid. Hiring one full-time employee would recoup any expenditures and produce income to reduce its indebtedness.
My wife told me she was watching one of the lectures being broadcast and noticed the other students had a kit in their lap with tools/supplies they could manipulate and familiarize themselves with as the lecture ensued. The 2 satellite schools did not have this packet. No-one was aware that the satellite schools did not have the same equipment as the main campus. My wife, like other students , feared bringing this to the attention of the instructors fearing adverse recognition. This was continuous through the 4 nursing terms so far.
I recall one term when the first year students were asked what materials were needed for them to proceed with training. They were told to evaluate their equipment in the classroom. First, they had no practice room and therefore no materials as a basis to gather such information.
Wasn't that the instructors"/management's job to make sure there was a classroom and that it was stocked for the student's lessons?
Inequities are not supposed to happen. That is why a nursing handbook was drafted. However, rules only work if they are followed and failure to follow these policies results in inequitable: treatment, grading and class standing (potential for hiring or starting at a job at a different step level).
One policy states that "a" practicum class can be made up-the main campus had students that missed 2 and 3 and were informed that make ups were cancelled-they did not fail. That year's class was lectured about this and missing assignments eventhough the culprits were from the main campus- One instructor was told to be harder on their students to ensure enforcement of policies. The response was, "why, they do as they are asked."
Students learn from their mistakes, but, when grades are posted but the errors nor their answers are not, that is not a lesson-it is punishment. How do you know what is right or where you went wrong because so many of the questions had more than one right answer or the answer key was wrong as stated in peer reviewed journals and articles.
When you post a question to the instructor 2 weeks into the term, it should be answered before finals week.
Why is one student graded one way while others are discriminated against. In a group assignment with all the students contributing and turning in the same paper and there is not a presentation to evaluate, why should anyone of the group get a different grade than the rest?
When the majority of the class failed a test so miserably that many would fail the course on the main campus, a curve was instituted.
Throughout the class year, the main campus had activities scheduled in the community that would be graded. The satellite campuses did not have these activities lined out. The satellite campus students
had to secure their own activities to attend, usually in other cities, because nothing was available locally. The satellite colleges had to go to the main campus for experiences because their location did not offer the same opportunities as the main campus.
The calendar year for my wife has certain calendar days off. The program director made her class make up a holiday on a non school day (another day off).
The class is assigned homework for the first day of class without having set foot inside the classroom.
The students are expected to be responsible for all information posted on the school web-site. Policy was mandated that assignments were not accepted 10 minutes before class begins. I thought, due before class is before the time the class begins.
The instructors post assignments after mid-night and the student is responsible for its content even though they have to leave home at 5:45 a. m. to get to clinicals then next morning. That allows 4 hours and less, at times, to sleep.
My daughter is a nurse. It was hard then as it is now and I have experience going to school after secondary education, graduating in 2002 the last time. I always got my financial aid within a month of school starting. Taking: drafting, general studies, engineering and then business management, I never had to have school assignments during vacations, breaks or before the term began and I did not have nor was I responsible for disseminated information unless it was something I initiated or accepted beforehand. We had policies that were posted, consistent and adhered to. Grading was consistent. Tests were not so faulty that its answers were consistently revised. I never had an instructor that would not accept validated answers from peer reviewed articles that were more current than what was in the test's answer key.
My wife is bashful about speaking against the school for fear of retaliation, but, I must and I will. I will not let others second guess themselves and suffer such mental abuse as the system that is in place; stress from inconsistent policies, worry over money, why equal work gets a different grade, why are persons treated differently???
Sorry for being so long-this must be said and will be going to the nursing board this summer.