1. Ok, guys, I just need to vent for a minute. Everyone stand back.
    I am sooo irritated right now that I straight up left school and came home. (Not a big deal, I'm a commuter)
    Today we had skill check offs; we do a combination of individual and group skills. Our individual check off was to prime IV tubing, hang a secondary line and attach it to an existing line, and to change the bag/bottle of an existing line. Not so difficult, right? Well half the class failed.
    I passed because I actually *practiced*.
    Ok now on to the group skills.... we get about halfway through and then we get to the skill where the student has to change the tubing on an IV line. Ok she acted like she had never seen IV tubing before, had no idea what to do, and even said "I'm so confused" OUT LOUD and in front of the instructor. OK, even if I don't know what to do I try to act like I do on check off days.
    So of course our instructor is irritated, said it was obvious nobody practiced, and we all have to come back and do all of our skills OVER AGAIN next week before we can be checked off. Not to mention that we also have to do next week's lab next week.
    I am so angry that because other people didn't practice I am behind in my check offs and my lab skills. I have to go back for lecture in an hour or so and I totally dont' feel like it. And to make it worse, the other students are *****ing and complaining about the instructor or the program like its not their fault they failed. I hate that! Like ok so you forgot to prime the tubing, not a big deal, except you just blew a big ol' embolus into your patient. Oh well, better luck next week.
    This is like in elementary school if someone stole something and we all have to stay after class because of it.
    Sorry if I'm acting like a big baby right now I am just extremely irritated. In fact, I'm going to go eat a brownie.

    Hope y'all are having a better day than I am.
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  3. by   MRed94
    Oh, MsPurp,

    I feel for ya. I had forgotten what that was like till you mentioned it.

    I remember those scenarios from LPN school. INvariably someone (usually one of those who really didn't care about school like the rest of us) would mess up, and the instructor would make us all feel stupid.

    How awful for you.

    Is there any way you can make your feelings known? If you MUST do this as a group, why can't the WHOLE group practice together???

    Is the instructor approachable? I think I would go to her with your concerns, even if it feels like whining to you. What if next week comes around, and they still aren't prepared, and you are part of it??? Do you really want to spend another week on this stupid thing....if you know what you are doing.

    Hope it is better now.

  4. by   essarge
    I agree. Approach the instructor, maybe he/she was just having a bad day and if you approach her DIPLOMATICALLY!!!! Have your facts available to back you up....write them down if you need to keep you on track and not lose your train of thought. She/he is probably feeling like no body cares about what she is teaching and is really frustrated at this point.

    We are lucky...all of our check off's are with partners and if one messes up the other one doesn't fail.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!
  5. by   Katnip
    I agree. If you can talk to your instructor, it could help. Even if she doesn't change her mind, at least you'll feel like you've done something constructive.

    When we do our skills validations, we do it alone and only use volunteers as "dummies" when we need someone. I think it's grossly unfair that your passing or failing would depend on anyone else.

    Just my two cents.