Maybe I'm just pondering "aloud" and I've no goal (except to gain a better understanding) but I'm going to post and get other's opinions/answers on this.
Why do you think nursing schools change the point system (how many points are credited to a student) from one semester to the next.
Last year's students
9 exams worth 70% each
Exams counted down from 104
Clinical projects (care plans
, IPRs, etc) for 5 points
ATI proctored worth 5 points
This year's students
9 exams worth 75% each
Exams counted down from 100
Clinical projects (care plans, IPRs, etc) for 2 points
ATI proctored worth 2 points.
This is for third semesters for 2003 and 2004.
I'm pondering why it would have changed and not only changed but changed so drastically. I find myself thinking "If I'd had what last year's students had, I would have passed." I failed by one point. (Am I unhappy? Well, yes, but I want to be a nurse so will move forward.....I suppose you do what you have to do) The instructor's response is,"Would you want someone to 'give' you that point when you are didn't earn it?"....and I sit there thinking, "No, I want to earn what I get but why am I so much less deserving than last year's students?"
One student is fighting to gain back what she says is hers. She failed by 1/100th of a point, says it is hers and she won't back down until she gets it. (Three others besides myself didn't make it). The instructor's told her no, not even that 1/100th of a point would they reward to her to bring her 79.4 something to a passing grade. She's going again today to fight for it again....she was there a long time yesterday challenging three different instructors...two on campus and the head of the program.
But about point systems? Why are nursing schools allowed to change point systems like that....why make it even harder than it is? Why do they help one semester of students and not another, not even in the teeniest bit? There are about 12 students who graduated in May of 2004 who only did so because their exams were counted down from 104, they received more credit points for those other assignments. Yet.....us....
I don't think I rationalize the reasoning behind it. Is the nursing student who barely passed with a passing grade of 80 going to be a better nurse than I who failed by that one point...final grade: 79.
Mind you, anyone reading this....I'm not bitter.....I'm still disappointed; would be lying if I didn't admit to that. I know what I want to do...have always wanted to do....I refuse to believe these three semesters were for nothing and intend to use what I've learned to help me in the future.
Sorry for being so wordy. Like I said, I'm just pondering aloud and it's questions we're not able to ask the instructors without the possibility of them "going off" on us so I suppose I'm just fishing for other's opinions. Surely I can't be the only one who has wondered this and I wonder also if this is the norm everywhere.
Oh, I've also learned that, where the school used to round off if a student was close....like 79.5 was rounded to an 80...next year, they won't round anything. If you get a grade of 79.9, you have a grade of 79.9.
Reallllly makes me wonder what the deal is.