No, really - what is your EMERGENCY?

This used to be the journal of a nursing student at a prestigious 4 year university that will still remain unnamed. This is now the journal of a Registered Nurse working in an Emergency Department in a major US city. All names have been changed to protect the stupid and the mean. There is no educational value in this journal, sometimes it will be downright mean and catty - this is where I come to vent!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Skills Lab Evals

One of our main classes this semester was our basic skills class. Following completion of this course, we will be Certified Nurses Aides II. During the course of the semester we had 4 practical skills evaluations. Basically, we performed selected basic skills while being watched by a graduate student TA who decided that you either did the skill correctly or you needed to redo the skill. You have 3 chances to pass all the skills, if you fail any one of them 3 times, you are dropped from the class. This class also happens to be a prerequisite for all of the other nursing courses. Therefore, if you are dropped, you cannot continue in the regular course progression and will have to enter the "extended studies" program.
So, today, I had my final skills evaluation. I had the easiest evaluator so, of course, I passed. Not that I didn't know how to do the skills! There are evaluators who are considerably more stringent. We have a serious problem with consistency. There is one evaluator who pretty much passes everyone and one who pretty much fails everyone. The problem with this is there is a wide range of competency in basic skills. Some people can maintain the hell out of a sterile field and some couldn't find their way out of a sterile glove. This seems to be a recurring theme at this school.....
I have great faith that "they system" will weed out the idiots eventually!


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