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Do you ever get the feeling your professors are trying to weed you out?

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by mell260 mell260 (New Member) New Member

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How do you combat that feeling knowing you are stuck with them for months longer?

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sabrina_RPN works as a Med/Surg.

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Aww hun, I know the feeling.

My advice is to know your stuff, be prepared to answer questions they may throw at you. Don't doubt your knowledge.

I'm a new grad and make sure you keep your head up and if you don't know something, say you don't know and look it up. You shouldn't be expected to know everything, you will learn something new everyday in school and when you start to work.

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Do you mean that you specifically feel like a target, or is this a general feeling about how your program is going?

I actually think nursing instructors are obligated to do some "weeding." We all know there are students in our classes who aren't going to make good nurses. I think it's a good idea to get rid of them now before they are in a position to hurt patients. Nursing is not the catch all career...though sometimes you'd think so by looking at the students in NS.

I believe that nursing instructors should be doing everything to help thier students make it through. As long as they are cut out for it.

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I feel like our school weeds ppl out.

This comming quarter is DEFINETLY a weed out quarter.

We have chem,pharm,human development and skills 2.

I think every program "weeds" ppl out.

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happy2learn works as a Employed at a Level 1 Trauma Center.

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I actually think nursing instructors are obligated to do some "weeding." .

I agree. Actually, my A&P teacher flat out said this is true. He also said to expect some serious weeding out in clinical.

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Yes all the time.

Clincal especially, but I think its their job to make sure we know our stuff.

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Our school had two terms that were openly discussed as weeding out points. I had a clinical instructor who, when telling me that she was failing me (with absolutely no warning) gleefully let it be known that this was her intention all along. She was a general sicko but I was blind to her and she blindsided me.

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That Guy has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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No, but I wear my tinfoil hat to class.

Honestly though I would be worried if a few students weren't intentionally "weeded" out. There are things you see and decisions that are mad that are just plain dangerous and if they keep occurring I don't see any issue of stopping them from advancing.

I had an instructor tell me she didnt think I should be a nurse because I'm too friendly and didnt agree with her opinions. Yes that came directly from her mouth, in the front of class. If anything it made me try harder just so I could write a nice little **** you note to her saying I did it.

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ShantheRN has 4 years experience and works as a RN.

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Sure do. I even asked one about it and he confirmed that certain terms tend to weed out the weak ones. I'm okay with the survival of the fittest though. There was one term in particular that was brutal for us. Even with an A/B average, I nearly fell through the cracks because I got the flu and bronchitis at the worst time ever. It can literally come down to one bad day too many and you're done. I pushed myself through it because I refused to fail and start from scratch. It was so bad I had to take an albuterol break mid skills test because I couldn't stop hacking all over my sterile field lol Sure it took 30 minutes longer, but I passed :D

So I guess....the only way to get through those tough terms is to grit your teeth and count down the days.

We started with around 150 a year ago....we're sitting at about 50 right now with 5 months left.

Edited by ShantheRN
I didn't really answer the question :)

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We started with 27 in April, we have lost 3 already and will be losing at least 3 more after this quarter...we still have 5 more quarters left.

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While we have lost a couple folks each term, we were specifically told that they do not intentionally weed out students. Their perspective was that we were each chosen for the program because we showed the ability to complete this program, and their jobs as faculty was to help us gain mastery and ultimately become nurses.

Now, that doesn't mean that folks can't fail out.....but that's not the intent of the program.

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~Mi Vida Loca~RN has 6 years experience and works as a Emergency Room Nurse.

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We just found out that our instructors have a quota of how many students are supposed to fail. We just had our first Psych exam and our instructor made a comment that the class average was apparently to high and that the faculty was not going to be impressed when they see how many didn't fail the exam. We were talking about how overall the class did well. Which it was pretty black and white stuff. It seemed like the instructor wasn't that impressed with the faculty.

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