Help Needed (urgent)

  1. HELLO...i am a new member and i need some advice.... i am in the ADN program (2nd year)....problem? i turned in some clinical paperwork 4 days late (10 pts deducted each day). today, an instructor took me out of taking my final exam... she asked me if i expected to pass this semester since this paperwork grade counts a great percentage of my grade. i admit...i am a procrastinator.... but i have been extremely busy with clinicals + class + preceptorship + study time. i know it is not fair to other students... they have the same load on their backs. the instructor spoke with the director of the nursing program and they want me to submit my written action plan and strategies to address my behavior with submitting paperwork on time AND also discuss in writing what action should be taken in my opinion regarding my clinical evaluation. i know i am in the wrong...please someone, help me make it right! what should i write? how can i sound sincere and professional? please give me some suggestions. my instructor told me that i have what it takes brain-wise to pass this semester...but not when it comes to turning in paperwork. please help me! i have wanted to be an RN for almost 11 years. thanx!
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  3. by   renerian
    I am sorry to say but nursing is jam packed with LOTS of paperwork. Curb the paper tiger and you probably will be fine.

  4. by   hoolahan
    They want to see an effort on your part, and you are right, everyone else has the same load, yet they are managing to get the paperwork done, so you need to figure out what is your real problem? Anxiety? Only you know this in your heart.

    You needen't give them personal reasons, and they will NOT want to read excuses so, make it just like a care plan. (Youda, where are you w your personal care plan advice??)

    What is your problem? Disorganization.

    Related to what? Do you lose the dates of the assignment, not have ink for the printer? Not getting enough sleep???

    1. Check agenda everyday
    2. Prioritize all assignments
    a. Prepare for next day's clinical (this has to be a priority)
    b. Prepare for exams
    c. Prepare paperwork assignments
    3. Forgoe social events until assignments are up-to-date
    4. Get 6 hours minimum of sleep to be fresh each day
    5. Set aside a minimum of one solid hour to work on paperwork assignments every day, even weekends.

    Something like that is what they want to see. It shows you have given it thought, analyzed your situation, and are seriously committed to staying in this program.

    Renerian is right too, paperwork will always be a part of the package and can be overwhelming, so get yourself used to it as soon as you can. Good luck.

    Oh yeah, don't forget #6 Reward yourself w a movie when all work is caught up!
  5. by   researchrabbit
    Oh hoolahan, you are GOOD!!!
  6. by   essarge
    I agree with Hoolahan and I would also like to add that, I believe what they want to see, is that you take responsibility for your actions. This has been drilled into our heads for the past three years.

    Like I said, I agree with Hoolahan, but I would preface the whole plan by stating that you take responsibility for everything and then go into your plan of action and finish it up with long term and short term goals. Treat it like a nursing care should help!

    Good luck!
  7. by   KELLYGIRL
    thanx for the suggestions.....i never thought of treating it like a care plan....does anyone else have any other suggestios??? what about the action taken regarding my clinical other words....what would be a fair punishment for me???? please...i have to turn this in tomorrow....and yes i will turn it in tomorrow (on time) see? i'm working on this....thanx!
  8. by   hoolahan
    I am not sure what you mean by clinical evaluation. This must be newer nursing school lingo (I grad over 20 yrs ago!) They should have a little old lady smiley here!

    Anyway, do you mean is it fair to keep you from taking your final exam? Well, I would think that as long as you did turn in the paperwork, albeit late, and already have been punished for that by means of 40 pt deduction. Otherwise, I see no reason why you shouldnot be permitted to take your final.

    You would have to carefully review your grading policies. If it clearly states that yu must have x% in order to sit for the exam, dand you have missed that by virtue of the late point deductions, then you have no leg to stand on. IF there is no hard and fast rule about this, I would argue the point with the dean.

    I am not sure if that answered your question at all, since I still am not sure of the question.

    Remember to show remorse, be humble, show a serious commitment to the program, cry if you have to!

    Good luck!
  9. by   hoolahan
    Thank you RR! :kiss
    Also agree w you essarge, a preface, long and short term goals, and the plan. Make it as professional as possible, typed!
  10. by   KELLYGIRL
    thank you.... i'm going to check my grading policies right now and try to elaborate on what i mean by clinical evaluation......i'll post my findings in a minute
  11. by   KELLYGIRL
  12. by   hoolahan
    Alright kelli, but I am wiped and going to bed. I'll check in the am, if I am up, I am coming down w a wicked sinus thing...feel like the commercvial w the person who is just a nose. Good luck!
  13. by   NurseAngie
    Hoolahan ROCKS!!!


    P.S.- ya better follow that advice 'cause you're not going to find better anywhere else.
  14. by   JJFROG
    Get off the internet and get your paperwork done!!!!! Simple time management!