I'm not a student nurse anymore, but I saw "the dreaded math test" thread on the today's active list, and I had to pipe in!
We had a "killer" maths test - almost literally. It had been a clinicals day, our hospital was less than a mile from our school, across a picturesque little bridge, so we walked back to school to sit the maths test. There was a loud noise, like somebody grunting and sighing, and dropping his books.
Actually, it was one of "us," going into V-fib, a lethal arrythmia. What I'd thought had been his books hitting the floor had been HIM.
I think there were still 60 students in the class. The woman who was proctoring the test was our division director, an advance degree nurse who hasn't had any clinical experience in years and years.
She panicked! She yelled, "Find someone who is certified in CPR." Well, sheesh - there were 60 of us. Several of us were already LPN's, and we had him straightened out on the floor, assessed and rescue breathing started within seconds. One of us ran to the office (pre-cellphone days, don't you know) and called 911.
The entrance to our school was difficult to find from the street, and then there were several different turnings on the campus where the ambulance could go wrong. So a couple of us (me and a couple of guys) ran to the various possible wrong-turning places to direct the ambulance.
The guy at the entrance directed them into the campus, the other two guys and I made sure they headed for our building, and then I went trudging back to class. I didn't run back, and it was quite a walk, so it was several, several minutes.
When I got there, the EMT guys were still fooling around on their truck. I got really mad and told them that we were NOT dealing with a fainted coed but a full arrest and they'd been doing compressions since the 911 call had been made. They hurried up the steps then, that's for sure. They had to do several shocks, but they got him going again, and off to the hospital next door.
I'm sure you know that for every minute that a person is in arrest, having CPR performed, you lose 10% chance of actual recovery. But this young man had a team of students who were not about to let him go, and there were enough of them to spell each other as the person doing compressions got too tired to be effective, that his function was pretty much fully preserved.
He's a nurse today. He didn't graduate with our class, but with the class one year later.
And they did NOT excuse the rest of us from having to take that killer maths test!