First off, you cut and pasted an email you sent to someone. A friend or someone higher up than the professor?
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Although somehow I think that the instructions by the professor was not clear and that's why I failed.
No one fails anything due to unclear instructions. You might not do as well, but failure because instructions were unclear is not common.
On the table, there was some supplies, however, not everything was there, and a thin binder that was closed. During previous clinical exams that I took, I was always handed the MAR so I didn't think to look inside the binder.
This time you weren't. Why didn't you look in the binder? Did you ever find out what was in the binder? Maybe it was additional instructions to find those items that were missing, so your instructor was CORRECT to say, "Everything you need is there."
But, let's say the binder didn't contain information about the hidden items. You do realize that in the real world, supply doesn't always put things where they are supposed to, and we go hunting for them. It's part of the job. We DO NOT just used whatever is available that can cause harm to the patient....as you did throughout your clinical test.
After, I went back to the table and since I didn't see the primary bag, and I had no idea what the enema looked like, I assumed the enema bag is what I should use because it the only thing that looked similar to the primary bag. I obviously couldn't do it because there are no ports, so I just hung the secondary bag.
Why didn't you know what an enema bag looked like? Was there supplemental material for the class that you didn't review? Did you miss a lab session, so you weren't present when this was reviewed?
After, I proceeded to give the IM injection and there was three vials that were there so I chose the Heparin since the other two vials seemed very small. Later I she told told me that Heparin is given SC, so it may have been the other two, but I'm not sure. Also, I didn't know how much to give since I was not given the MAR so I just gave 3cc.
Last, I told her that I don't know what the enema was. Then, I saw the primary bag which was on the side of the nurse's station and the saline which was behind the counter. In my opinion, the instructions were so unclear from the start because all the supplies were not on the table and she implied that "everything I need is there."
The sterile gloves were even in the closet which I asked for at the beginning and the mannequin did not even have a wound, she had to put a bandage on it in the middle of the exam. At the start she also kept referring to her sheet which had the three skills, instead of handing me the binder so I didn't think to look inside the binder.
Sara thinks that I am 80% wrong because I didn't know my stuff enough to ask for the MAR, prepare my supplies to notice that what was on the table was incomplete, and realize that the enema bag can not be used as a substitute for the primary bag. Do you think it's right for her to fail me, or do you agree with me that the instructions were so miss leading and confusing, almost like a setup so I can fail again? Should the instructor also be responsible? Sorry if that this message is so long, but I wanted you to have write all the facts.
You obviously didn't know your stuff. At all. Yes, it was right for her to fail you. Based on everything you said, why would the instructor be responsible for what you should have known but didn't?
See, this is the exact opposite of what instructors look for in good students. Rather than hitting the books/videos/lectures/skills lab to do better next time, you want to argue that your failure was someone else's fault, thereby bypassing your obligation to learn the information and improve your performance. Given everything you have said here--and you admit that these are "all the facts," it is clearly YOUR fault that you failed.
I had the exact opposite experience today with my student. I graded her care plan, and she got a 40%. She came to my office, and the first thing out of her mouth was, "Do you have some time to go over the care plan with me so that I know what I did wrong?" We sat for 15 minutes reviewing all my comments, and she ended with, "Now I understand what I did wrong. Thank you." As she left, I stopped her and told her that I had to commend her for her wonderful attitude and desire to learn. I told her, "THAT is what makes a great student." She got a little teary when I said that, and so did I in response.
Ends up that I decided to allow a revision to the whole group for a final assignment grade that will be an average of the two grades.
It would behoove you to take a lesson from my wonderful student. Go forward learning from your mistakes, rather than trying to manipulate a better grade when you clearly have not earned it.