I hope someone may help me with my situation.
I took the written and skills exam at CCRI last month in February. I passed the written no problem, but the skills I failed. I passed all my skills except for radial pulse. My partner was a young boy maybe 18, he was very nervous. He had a very rapid weak pulse. I could not palpate it on his left arm, so the evaluator asked if I would like to try the other arm. I agreed, but still the pulse was very weak. After I counted his pulse and recorded it the evaluator said, "Hang on a minute" and went back and counted his pulse again on the right arm. At that point I knew I was going to fail. I don't know why she needed to count again and why we didn't count together. I thought that was what we were supposed to do. I was upset because pulse can change very quickly, and we are only allowed 4 beats off from the evaluators count. I was affraid to say anything afterwards. I don't think its fair I have to retake the skills test and pay $69 for it. Everyone thinks I should appeal it, including my nursing 1 instructor. My instructor even said she would write a letter to that department saying she believes I'm fully competent in that skill. I only was affraid to say anything because I didn't want to make any enemys at CCRI, but I learned the CNA department is completely seperate from the nursing department. What should I do?
Also, someone else in my group had the same problem that day with feeling the pulse along with the evaluator. The evaluator said," I cant even feel the pulse, common well go try someone else." Then she let her count the pulse on a secretary sitting at her desk!! I don't think that is fair