I've remarked about this phnenomena before.......but I find it's blowing me out of the water again. The 1st time I went thru an LPN program was nearly 30 yrs ago. (gee that makes me feel old) The instructors were *itchy and tough as nails, the program was hard, the testing harder still, mistakes weren't something to make light of as a mistake could cost a patient their lives. In that program, they'd start with like 50 students......maybe 15 would graduate. Ok. I had no real issue with the program except that the instructors were on a major power trip and were always (and at every opportunity-even one's they made up) abused that power to make their students lives a living hades. Fast forward 30 yrs. Our instructors are nice, helpful, encouraging, and very much want us to learn. All good in my opinion. Even the instructor with the horrid reputation of being the meanest *itch to walk the earth. I nearly laugh everytime one of the students mention it. Please! The woman gives us her cell number, home phone number, plus we have access to her online 24/7.......and her tests are NOT tough. Honestly, I'm finding them rather easy.....And she's fair. If she thinks a question wasn't clear enough....she'll change how she grades it. Ok. That's great. A good learning envioronment with no pressure except to learn the material. Wonderful. BUT....... (there is always a But to these things. lol) I'll grant you that I've always had a natural knack for this sort of thing. I take to it like a duck to water. Doesn't mean I don't have to study or work at it......Just means I comprehend it easily and it usually sticks with me. I dunno, maybe I "catch on" faster than most people.... Most of our students are serious about being nurses. I say most cuz we've got one preacher dude who personally I'm never letting near me. The man does NOT study....and has already failed 2 Patho tests. I realize trying to balance a family and nursing school is tough. I watched it with easy child......So I do get that. Still, and I know we're only in the first quarter, I listen to the other students carrying on about how utterly hard it all is......and I'm like...You're kidding, right? The first time around our questions on exams could give you a nervous breakdown. (and often reduced students to tears) You not only had to know the material, you'd better know how to apply what you knew. But even more importantly, you'd darn well better know how to think. I look at the questions on our exams and I think.....you're kidding, right? They don't require much thinking or application skills. If you've studied any of the material, or hades, just know how to answer a question just based on the info they give you in the question/answer....you'll be fine. I've had tougher questions in Biology! Of course, I do study. I don't take this lightly. At some point my patients will be relying on the fact that I know this stuff and that I have the ability to apply it well. Still, I find myself already ready to slap the heck out of a few of the students. First of all, stop whining you failed a test you didn't study for. What? Do you expect them to just hand you your nursing license just because you showed up?? Stop carrying on because you failed a test you crammed for at the last minute only to find the instructor put something from a previous test (you also crammed for) on the test you no longer remember. (because you crammed for that test too) I'm sure if you manage to pass the inclux exam......you're patients are going to appreciate you crammed for your test and haven't a clue what you're doing. Why would you get into a program like this if you're not willing to study or smart enough to realize you're learning this information because you will need it during your entire career? I guess I just don't get it. Didn't have to deal with it much in the 1st program I was in because those students never made it past the 2nd week. And (I'm knocking on wood) I find myself hoping at some point the questions are going to get at least somewhat tougher because if they're this easy.........and all test questions are supposed to be what we'll see on the inclux......I'm not going to be sure I really know this stuff. And I really don't believe the questions on the inclux are going to be this easy. easy child told me what that was like to take. Then there is the classes themselves. Ok. So I understand I experienced a uber tough program my first time around. I do try to keep that in mind. But the instructors seem to put important things in the wrong order. Bed making was an instructor check off for this program. I was surprised. It was important to know in the 1st program....but not enough for an instructor to do a check off on. Yet knowing how to properly restrain a patient.......was a student check off where 3 other students watch that you do it correctly. What? Personally, I'd rather know my nurse correctly knew how to restrain someone than she could make a uber tight bed in under 10 mins. They're doing the same thing with bed baths and knowing how to dress for isolation! Bed baths (please, it's not hard) is a instructor check off, while we're not even being check off on how to dress for isolation at all!! easy child just about flipped out. Bedmaking and bed baths were not check off procedures even in the RN program. While restraints and dressing for isolation most certainly were. And then there is easy child's hs friend who is in the class. She has 3 kids and just finished nurses' aide training. This girl really wants to be a nurse. And while she's already had the quarter from hades with Murphy's Law hanging over her like a bad curse..........She's one of the crammers. Both myself and another student yesterday sat her down and had a long talk with her. She'd be an excellent nurse. But she's got to apply herself. Not enough to just want it, you've got to put in the work to get it. Not enough that you have the right personality, so to speak. I *think* we finally convinced her that she has to crack those books every single night even if it's just for a couple hours after the kids are in bed. The girl has it tougher because in all the pre-rec courses (such as anatomy) she crammed and had a lousy professor, and didn't learn a darn thing. So now she's trying to learn with no background at all. I understand some people are determine to shoot themselves in the foot whether consciously or not. I realize that some people just don't realize the volume of information they have to know to do their jobs right. And of course there are just those that aren't cut out for medicine. It's the "I've just gotta pass this test" attitude that really gets me. It's not about the tests. It's not about the grades. It's about doing your job right and doing it well, you've got people's lives in your hands, for God's sake!! Oh, and while I'm at it..............The math class.....if you can call it that......is a joke. The instructor is the senior instructor in the program. She's a very funny lady, cool, and I honestly like her as a person. Alot. But.......most of our classtime she's cracking jokes. We have class 1 time a week. She showed us how to do the calculations.....ONCE. If you don't get it.......well, honestly.....she's not teaching anything. And since her way of doing it is different from the book.....and granted, easier.......you can't use your book to help you out if you're not getting it. I think it would just confuse you more. I'm doing ok with it. But I'm not perfect at it by a long shot. I took this math last spring on my own. Thank God I did or I wouldn't have a clue. That's the truth. No homework, no tests. There is 1 test for this course. Ten whole questions. Sounds easy. It's not, let me assure you. 1 test and we get 3 tries to pass it....with 100 percent. Has to be 100 percent or you're out of the program. Makes sense. These calculations are for medications. One wrong answer can kill a patient. But this course our instructor is useless, although hillarious and likeable. Half of the students are getting it. Have don't have a clue what's going on. Once you pass this test with 100 percent, you don't come back to the math class. Okkkkkkkk......we don't have pharm until next quarter. How many students are going to remember the formula by then?? We have a practice exam on it next thursday. If we pass it with 100 percent we're done, she'll let it count. So, guess where my studying I'll be concetrated this weekend? Yup. Math. I know the formula. I understand it. But I'm nowhere near perfect at it. Their story problems, my biggest weakness. And nothing short of 100 percent passes. No pressure there. While I understand getting the math right is a must.......this math will be reinforced in pharm (2 quarters worth).....seems unusual for it to be the make or break grade at this point. Or is that just me? If you made it this far........wow. lol Turned into quite a vent. But I feel a bit better. Normally I'd vent to easy child cuz she totally understands. And she vents her work stuff to me cuz I'm the only one who gets it too. But she's had a rough couple of weeks at work.....and yeah. I don't think she needs me unloading on her at the moment. Thanks for letting me get it out.......Now to grab that math book!