[Poll] NWR Nursing school problems, students lying. Do I say something?

posted 2 years ago in College
  • poll: Should I mention it to the instructor?
    No, you'll look whiny. Keep your mouth shut. : (9 votes)
    32 %
    Yes, it is not fair that the students who lied were rewarded for doing so. : (10 votes)
    36 %
    I'm not sure, what a crappy situation to be in. : (9 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 2
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    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’d speak up. From the angle of “I live very close to Hospital X, I was surprised to see that I was assigned to Location B. I am also concerned that my previous clinical experience was here at Location B. Is there any way this can be reviewed and changed?”

    I was in your exact same position. Drove me batshit crazy, because yes, you’re trying to secure the best possible experience & education YOUR money can buy!!!

    You need to advocate for yourself. And you can do it in a diplomatic way that doesn’t involve dragging others into it. If your school or clinical instructor seems hesitant or even dead set against switching locations for you, simply drop the generic idea that perhaps going forward, if clinical locations are indeed based on student residential location, “actual residential addresses should be verified beforehand…”

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    Post # 3
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    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    SneakyBee:  I’m not going to vote because the advice I’m going to give you isn’t up there. I work in a small, 100 bed rural hospital currently. I’ve also worked in a larger, metro hospital. You learn so much more at a smaller hospital because you do not have all the fancy equipment to work with. You work with bare basics and this really shows how much someone has learned. Big hospitals are nice but they are easy. You want a challenge and want to really see how much you’ve learned? Work at the smaller hospital, I promise you it will make you a better nurse. I wish you well in school, no matter what your choice is!

    Post # 4
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    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Are you sure they base the clinical site on where you live?

    Post # 6
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    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    How do you know that they lied? There could be any number of reasons that they got the clinical site you wanted. Perhaps they gave them the city where their parents live, or their boyfriend/girlfriend; and they often stay with them the night before clinicals. Maybe they have to pick up their kids at a certain daycare after clinicals and want the site to be near it. I mean, there are seriously hundreds of reasons they said they lived in the city that they did. Of course, if they admitted to lying just to get the hospital that would be one thing, but I can’t tell from your post if that is what happened. 

    I graduated from nursing school recently and remember very well how assignments are made. I’m sure every school does it a little differently, but in general, it can be very hard for faculty to place students. Our school went by location at first, but after that we went wherever made sense, I was not always at the closest hospital to where I lived. Sometimes I drove to much farther away hospitals so that other people would not have to drive even farther to get there. Sometimes I got placed at the worst hospitals, on the worst floors, with the worst clinical instructors. But you know what? I still learned a lot there. 

    I guess my point is that sometimes you have to deal with the hand you are dealt. You are a student and will have plenty of learning opportunities anywhere you go. Nursing is often about making the most of bad situations.

    Post # 8
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    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    SneakyBee:  That seems so wrong then. I think, based on that, if you wanted to say something to one of your instructors (preferably one you like:)) it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. However, I will say that they are only hurting themselves. You will be lucky enough to see how to be a good nurse, and what things you should avoid as a nurse. You also have an opportunity to truly be a help to the patients at the other hospital! Your care there will make a difference in their hospital stay, and that is a privilege. I wish the best for you, I hope you can eventually get a placement you really want. 

    Post # 9
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    SneakyBee:  It’s not fair, but I’d keep schtum.  I don’t think any good will come out of telling on these people

    Post # 10
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    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I totally agree with jennygirl that your main approach should be about your concern that your current clinical is at the same hosp as a previous clinical, narrowing the range of experience you will recieve from the program.

    I would definitely go to the administrator and advocate for myself if I were you. After all, you’re paying thousands of dollars for this experience… I would not mention the cheating girls at all though. I would just try to get the administrator on my side by being nice and smart about it – “I’m sure you remember what it’s like to be a student nurse – I think it’s soooo important to get as wide as possible a range of experience to prepare myself for working as a nurse… one of the reasons I chose this program is because it has clinicals at several hospitals, not just one, and I really want to take advantage of that…”

    Post # 11
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Just deal with it. Complaining about other people won’t earn you any respect to say the least. Regardless of which hospital you get you will learn more your first week on the job than you will in a two semesters of clinicals.

    Post # 12
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    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Really??? You would tell on someone because of this? Girl, get your clinical hours and graduate. First of all, students who dont mind their business are the ones who make enemies, quick. And i doubt you want to be known as the annoying tattler in school (especially since these other students didnt do anything that really warrants reporting from you (like harming a patient). Second the people you told will KNOW you told, even if they dont act like they know. Yes, what they did wasnt necessarily right, but why get them in unnecessary trouble, just so you can play ‘moral police’? People like you are REALLY annoying. Life is not always fair, suck it up.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Trilldayz.
    Post # 13
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    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Bellagio, Las Vegas

    Well, I am about to graduate from nursing school, so I’ll put in my two cents.

    With the culture of my nursing school (and others that I’ve seen/heard about), it’s best to just accept things. If you come across as having issues or wanting to stir the pot, even in this way, you will get a target on your back from staff and students. I’ve seen it happen many times. It’s not fair, but that’s how it is.

    With a smaller hospital, there are some advantages. You get to know people better and form relationships with the staff and managers. This could help you with getting a job.

    Good luck! You’re almost there!

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