frustrated

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by amymina amymina Member

Specializes in telemetry.

I am enrolled in a 2 year program for my RN degree and am almost there - due to graduate in May. I am so excited to be almost done. But there is something going on that I can't get off my mind. In the last few weeks I have had clinical with another student that is going around bragging that she didn't have to follow the attendance policy and still passed all of the classes. She would switch off with a friend and they would sign each other in. Our campus has a very strict policy. You can miss up to three classes through the semester, anything more than that and they start taking 2 pts off your final average. The fact that she did this has made me upset, there are other students that have failed in the past due to this rule, even if the absenses were out of their control. I want to say something, but we are so close to the end I don't know if it matters. But I am worried she is going to be one of the nurses that either will make a mistake and hide it, which could cost someone their life, or not really know something because she missed too many classes. Should I say something, or just keep my mouth shut and remind myself that she is just hurting herself with these actions?

Certifiable, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/hematology. Has 5 years experience. 183 Posts

Has this girl passed her written exams and clinicals? if so, than I don't think that there is a strong enough reason to report her--- although it is an issue of said person's integrity---it is not an issue of incompetence.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 9 years experience. 1,414 Posts

You're frustrated because she has skipped classes and want to report her (and hopefully get her kicked out) when she's at the end of the program...

I agree with the above poster.

sumrtime

sumrtime

7 Posts

I think you should definitely go talk to someone about this. It's not acceptable behavior in our profession. This display of her integrity could really cost someone their life in the long run.

bhanson

bhanson

Specializes in Cardiac. Has 2 years experience. 153 Posts

Are they missing clinical or lecture?

My opinion is that lecture should be optional because most adult students learn quicker via self-paced exercises. In a lot of professional schools over 50% of the student body does not attend lecture because it is a less efficient use of time than self study.

Clinical on the other hand should definitely be mandatory although I don't see how you could miss more than 3 days and not fail.

Regardless, having someone else sign you in is very sketchy.

pitaya

pitaya

321 Posts

My opinion is that lecture should be optional because most adult students learn quicker via self-paced exercises. In a lot of professional schools over 50% of the student body does not attend lecture because it is a less efficient use of time than self study.

Clinical on the other hand should definitely be mandatory although I don't see how you could miss more than 3 days and not fail.

I agree with you! Personally, I hate going to lecture and find it to be a huge waste of 2 full days a week. I hate the fact that attendance is mandatory in almost all of my classes!!

est.1989

est.1989

Specializes in -. 1 Post

I would report her. Just inform your professor or the faculty that through word of mouth this has been brought to your attention and due to the consequences that may ensue from not only this attitude but from missing important educational aspects of the curriculum you'd feel comfortable knowing it was brought to the attention of the faculty.

NurseLoveJoy88

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience. 3,959 Posts

What if she denies it?

CuriousMe

CuriousMe

2,642 Posts

What if she denies it?

It's a simple matter of checking the signatures

To the OP: How big are your classes that the Prof's don't notice who's missing?

Strawberrygirl2

Strawberrygirl2

Specializes in Perioperative Patient Care Technician. 51 Posts

No, I don't think you should report it because you are frustrated. She is the one who has a bad work ethic and bad morals. Someday, it will come back and bite her in the butt. But I don't think it is your place to tattle on her necessarily just because it bugs you. It would frustrate me too, but just be the bigger person. Forget about her, do the right thing yourself, and that's the end of it.

Sarah010101

Sarah010101

Specializes in Med-Surg. 277 Posts

Stay out of it.. mind your own business. Her success/or lack there of has absolutely nothing to do with you. It will catch up to her one day, but for now, it is not your place to be getting involved.

criticalRN10

criticalRN10

185 Posts

Mind your own business. Lectures usually ARE a waste of time (at least at my school) where they repeat the book word for word or just read a stupid power point slide to me that is available for me to read to myself... I don't think it's that big of a deal- esp to say she has bad morals... if she's passing her tests and doing well in clinical then that's her prerogative. That sucks that other students have failed due to an ATTENDENCE POLICY, at a school in which they pay tuition to attend...maybe they should have made more friends at school willing to sign them in. It's not like she's cheating on exams or course material. Nobody likes a tattle tale.