Well, I'll be honest. So far I have been extremely disappointed in the level of instruction of our nursing program.
Our labs are not taught by instructors, every lab that we have had, they pop in a video, we watch it, then the instructors actually leave the room and there are a few second-year students that come in to "assist"....call me picky, but I don't consider that instruction. Our instructors don't re-demonstrate the procedure, so we end up learning from the LPN's in our class, who may or may not be doing it according to the "NCLEX Hospital".
I was going to try to work with her today to find out what's wrong. I'm pretty sure she is studying the wrong thing and probably over-analyzing the answers.
All I am really studying is the terms, making sure I can work through a procedure in my head, and have a thorough understanding of normal ranges of VS for the different age groups, exceptions, etc.
She actually got a 13 on this last test...I got a 20, but I also didn't manage my time very well this past week and at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the exam, I found a very large handout in my notes that just vanished from my memory as my even having it...and the majority of our exam came from it.
That is sort of what I'm basing my suspicions on. I am not a "naturally" good student...if there are all A's and one B, I'll usually be the one to make the B, so I have to really put in overtime studying to crack that A. She has the ability to consistently crack A's...so that is why I'm thinking she is studying wrong.
The other thing is, that she worked for 4 years as a CNA in a hospital and her mother, who is also in the program, is an LPN. I'm wondering if she may be making the mistake of thinking, "Oh, I know how to do blood pressures and what affects it"...but not really READING the details the book provides or the lecture...b/c those details are what is popping up on the exams.