Oh that is okay...i was holding back in my message...a good portion of my class does not deserve to be there so I know how you feel. Those spots could have gone to people who would acually read the syllabus and not ask so many silly questions that we do not get out of class untill 30 minutes late (this has shppened every day but one - we were only 20 minutes late that day)
By silly questions, I mean things that are plain in the syllabus - Test on September 10th on medical terminology
- but there will also be some med terms on all the other 4 tests as well. (They even told us which ones!)
They also could not understand the difference in REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED! Some of them even had trouble adding 1.3 + 2.3!
Some people may not consider these silly,but me and several of the students around me did.They asked, is the answer wrong if we give it as a fraction? The teacher said yes...the directions plainly say "add the decimals".(why would you want to add the extra steps to make it a fraction anyway?) Then comes word problems...it could say "what percentage..." and they would wonder why the answer was wrong when they left it at a decimal...again the teacher said "it asked for a percentage...that means that you did not finish the problem when you leave it as a decimal." We also had to have a 15 minute discussion about why you do not "round up" in medical math
- well beause rounding up gives too much medication - granted not very much - but still some. Even a little too much meds could kill someone - what if it was a morphine drip? Sheesh! Some of these people scare me!
If these people had even looked at the syllabus or the math help book we recieved a month ago (before class even started!) They should not have the questions they do. Most of the really bad ones are not working/ect from what we can tell. Some of them are straight out of high school and still living with mom and dad!
Sorry - had to rant...I hope everyone is still with me...
Anyways to combat the missing class problem my school has implemented a make-up policy. If you miss a test you have to pay $20 to make it up (unless it is a math test - if you miss a math test you get an automatic 0) If you miss a clinical/skills lab you have to pay $10 per hour to make up the time you missed. Late written assignments are a $5 charge. They said this was bease they had a lot of trouble in the past with people not thinking it was not important to show up.
Sorry about the ranting again...and I realized I may get flamed or something for saying they don't deserve to be there...but I have to sit in class with them. They could also end up in my clinical group..(I pray not) and frankly - they scare me. Would you really want a nurse that will think it is okay to give you 3.7 mg of meds instead of 3.6 b/c his/her calculations gave 3.65 and the doctor only called for 3.6 so she thinks he just forgot to round?