95% on first exam!! WHOOT!!!!

  1. WHOA! Back up everyone, go shortie, it's my birthday, we gonna party like it's my birthday.....LOL! JK, but it feels like it! So we got our first test yesterday. 40 multiple choice questions covering oxygenation, communication, surgery, Immobilization, and 10 word math problems. I missed 2 on the multiple choice(changed one answer...RRRRR ) and I think I missed one on the math, by not puting a place zero in front of point...DUH! So, I was happy about this. Plus the fact that many other students are saying "I missed 5, 7, 12, etc....".

    Then today in lab we had to take our clinical compencies(VS, transfers)....We got out of class at 10 after 2 hours of lecture, were assigned partners and time(12PM...last one, I love having U as a last initial). My partner and I found VS on each other, then split for 1.5 hours. Showed up at 11:30, the 11:00 people still had to go! 12:00 rolled around and instructor informed me and my partner that she had to leave at 12:30 so one of us would demo with 11:30 people and other had to schedule a makeup!! WHAT!! We lose our time by you being late with other people! WT heck is up with that? We picked numbers(4 for me...number was 5).
    I went in and did everything....Here's where I have the problem....

    For starters, we went to use lab's tympanic thermometer....batteries are dead, so we just showed technique. Ok, fine, I understand that. We got 2 chances to be within 2 beats and 1 respiration on those skills. Got those right on. Transfer was from bed to w/c...verbalized entire way, got help, explained steps, stayed bent with gait belt, and no prob. On b/p, other woman went first. We had been told at 9:55 we would have to show the 2-step method. She pumped up cuff, noted spot of pulse oblit, then deflated. Instructor immediately failed her. I attempted to explain what had happened and instructor stated "I taught one-step in class". Ok, but we were just told to show 2-steps! So, when I went, did it with every verbal step. First time through, I couldn't hear a thing. Turns out the double steth was turned wrong way. I've never used that kind before. So, I got another chance. I understand that. Then, taking B/P, my systolic was right but my diastolic was 6 beats off. She let me go again, then I was within 2 for diastolic.

    The issue I'm having is the "1/2 step issue". Should I have gotten 3 chances when my partner didn't get to demo once? Seemed like a little favortisim to me. Everyone I talked to got 2 chances, but I feel like my not turning steth should have been counted as a chance. I'm not a person comfortable with favortisim, and almost want to shout"No, make me do it again!!" I mean, I'm not going to turn it down, but I want to prove myself to instructors and the other students. I want to show that I deserve to be there, not coasting through on my masculinity.....Thoughts?
    Last edit by locolorenzo22 on Sep 8, '06
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  3. by   Kino
    It's a shame that it happened, but you can't keep thinking about it, as failing didn't happen to you. The other student needs to step forward and say something to the instructor.

    Now if you want the "favoritism" towards you to stop, you can confront the teacher and tell them to not be lenient with you.
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    Good point. I guess I'm just used to speaking up for others like my last job, from being the supervisor of the passed over department scrapping for the funding we could get.....