Thanks! It must be my school then because before we started the program we were given this long legalese type form. The administration of the school told us to study it hard and if there was anything on that piece of paper to qualify for your license then we better all get the he!! out of there.
Sounds like some of the crap my school required. We were required to have a negative VDRL to qualify for clinicals. I called the school the first semester I was getting my clinical requirements together and the secretary told me it was a requirement from the state board of nursing to be licensed in Louisiana, so I'd better get it. Now it's not like I'm screwing my patients here, so I'm not sure why I would need a negative VDRL to practice nursing!!
So I went along with it and didn't think anything about it till the next year when I'm having to pay for all this crap again to get into clinicals. I called the SBON; guess what? That's not a requirement!! I called the school to the carpet on it, and I was told that they had the right to set any kind of requirements to get into clinicals, and that if I didn't like it I could go somewhere else. When I talked to one of my instructors about it, she told me that the rule was a leftover from the years when they had twice as many people applying for clinicals than they had space for, and it was a good way to weed them out. I'm thinking maybe they were trying to weed out a certain race of people, especially since they were accused of racism while I was going to school there. Not the entire university, just the BSN program. But I guess that's another thread altogether.
So check with your SBON, look over your policy book for the school, and take care of yourself! Your health comes first, and whatever you can do that will make you able to practice nursing (that's legal, guys!!), do it! Don't let them bully you.