Quote from Marie_LPN
I'll take a bad grade in that class before i'll take part in other people wanting a free ride, and they wind up passing the class as a result of other people's work. It goes against my principles.
Whoa! You would rather compromise your GPA? That's kind of suicidal, isn't it? I can't help thinking that you are saying you would cut off your nose to spite your face. I'd look at this whole thing overall. Ten or twenty years from now, this project isn't going to mean much, but however it might have affected your grade will. What if you decide to go to graduate school and you discover your grades just weren't high enough to get accepted? Our situations and wants and needs change over time. If there is anything I have learned in all my years, it's that fighting for one's principles often has a high cost that takes years and years to pay off. Prioritizing occurs across all aspects of our lives, not just in our nursing jobs. Our society puts a lot of effort into romanticizing the stories of people who stand up for their rights. It just isn't that pretty an outcome as depicted on movies and TV. Our culture is one based on revolt and a successful revolution (against Britain), but the people who lived during those times paid a great price for their actions.
I've had this happen in a couple of classes I've had over the years. It's not worth it to fight against these space cadets at my own expense. In the end, these do-nothings will fail and fall of their faces. They may pass the class at your expense, but they will fail life. Anyway, with the attitudes you've described they're probably not putting much of an effort in to studying anyway, so I wouldn't look for them to get any kind of great grades. But, there are benefits for you to reap from this. One is to note one of the major problems with teamwork. These kind of air heads are all throughout nursing. As a potential RN and supervisor you will need to develop strategies to learn how to handle them. Two is that the only person you really have control over is you. I'm asking myself, do you have control here in this situation? I would see this as a perfect opportunity to take charge and run the project. I love control when I can get it. Three is successfully learning how to do research. As you go into higher and higher levels of nursing you need to know how to research information on your own. Here's a perfect opportunity for you. Four is how to change horses in the middle of the stream when things aren't going right. That goes on all the time in nursing, but you must know that. You always have to have a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, and so on! Five is that you didn't let a couple of twits dictate how to run your student life which is what I think you are letting happen. Please re-think your situation here.
Quote from 1Tulip
(Our profs always told us we were getting the assignment so we could learn principles of "group dynamics." Well, we learned alright, we learned that every group has at least one dullard who has no shame about letting others do his/her work.)
How true! My first upper division nursing class was one in group dynamics and we had two who kept dragging their feet, never came to our group meetings and didn't turn in their share of the writing for our paper until the day before it was due! I was the one typing up the entire thing and I was up most of the night typing and putting the pages together. I only had an Apple II back then with a matrix dot printer that couldn't do near the stuff software does today. What I did learn from it was the importance of following up on what people were doing with their assignments (this directly impacted my work as a nurse) and having alternative plans. Though I looked at it at the time as a kind of half-as--d final product, the repercussions on my own education in life has been pretty important.