Quote from RNsoon!
Who said Instructor competence had or should have an effect on Admission standards?? I SAID, perhaps one of the reasons students drop out/fail might be due to their Instructor's incompetence.Read Carfully .
You said drop-out rates were affected by instructor competence (or lack thereof, really). And I simply disagree. It's a real cop-out to blame others when one flunks out of school. I can honestly say, all the people who dropped out of my class (and it was more than 1/2) needed
to be dropped for one reason or another. The standards were clear and they failed to meet them. They could not blame the instructors, the school, or anyone else. If they wanted or needed to place blame, all they needed to have done is look no further than their bathroom mirror.
The same is true in nursing itself. When/if we make an error, or fail to meet standard of patient care, owning up and learning from it is critical
. Finding out what went wrong and fixing the problem is not an option, it is a must. Personally, I found the students who did not own up to their own failings in the school were likely to be the same people who would refuse to own up later on, in their nursing careers. We don't need or want people like that in nursing. Sadly enough, not enough of these folks are
weeded out in school and some do go on to to become nurses. And if you do were to do a topic search here, you would find threads that discuss, at length, these types who refuse to own up, have zero integrity, and cut corners in their patient care---and when pressed, will out and out LIE about what they did to cover their behinds. No one wants such people to be their nurse, or their loved ones' nurse. It is a tough job as a nursing professor/instructor to find these types early-on and get rid of them before they go on to become nurses and harm or kill someone one day.
I remember talking to my nursing school superintendant when I was in school, and she said she used to lose sleep over the students who slipped through her fingers, passing and later, graduating, because they had done nothing blatant to flunk out---she worried they would go on to hurt others due to lack of integrity or sneaky tendencies. I felt for her; it was not an easy job to do.
Rare is the drop-out student who can completely blame his or her instructors' incompetence for failing out of school. Really rare.