annurse 
Member since Oct 25, 2008


Stats

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

Friends

  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “Merritt College Nursing Woes

First off, I apologize for the long post.

As a Second year Nursing student at Merritt College, I have to say that this article is (unfortunately) very accurate. The program is a mess and you are set up to fail since day one. There is no support for the students, especially in the first year. It's unfair to say all of the instructors are unavailable. There are some instructors in the second year who go above and beyond to support their students. The majority, however, does not answer questions and simply respond to questions by saying, “Go look it up in your book." If there is a questionable test question, the attitude of the instructors is “too bad”. They do not admit to their mistakes and everything is thrown back on the student. The students are expected to Critically Think about everything, which we should. However, it is difficult to critically think when we are given information that is contradictory. Students are also told that they are adult learners and should act likewise. The treatment students receive is anything but adult-like. There were instances where students were even yelled at in class.

The Merritt Nursing program is all about learning on your own. Lectures are word for word from the book. You are expected to learn outside of the classroom and go to your book when you have a question, not to the instructor. Your study buddies are your part time instructors and therapists because you will do a lot of venting throughout the program. Nothing is fair in this program and unfairness is the one and only constant. Everything else including the days the skills lab is available to students, test days, lecture schedules, and overall rules are always changing. The students are literally at the mercy of the instructors. The instructors have the final say on everything and carry all of the power. There really is no one above them with any kind of power.

If you question anything or any instructor, it is the student who is always at fault. Nothing changes or improves. If 80 out of 85 students fail an exam, it is the students who are blamed. If an exam is announced as a SKILLS WRITTEN EXAM and the test is actually based on LECTURE material, the student should have known and been prepared. The excuse is that Nursing is an unpredictable world and we should be prepared for anything that comes our way, like exam questions without a correct answer choice. The program should be preparing us on how to handle emergency situations that could actually arise on the job instead of testing our nerves by complicating our learning process with these types of curve balls.

I agree with the other posts about nursing not being for everyone. I have seen some students who should not have been admitted to the program to begin with. The unfortunate part is that students who are competent and really compassionate end up out of the program because they were not supported to succeed. This program is a failing system and it fails the students as well as the population who need nurses. Those who are in the program now have fought very hard to stay on board. We are more focused on staying in the program and making the cut and this compromises the whole learning experience. We could only imagine what it would be like to learn under an at least somewhat stress free environment.

I can say firsthand that this program is tough. Studying is a way of life for us now. Books become your friends and study buddies become your family. Nursing is very difficult and that is why it is an esteemed profession. There were students, however, that were failed or let go who should still be here. If the program was run like it should be, they would still be here. Its one thing to say that Nursing is difficult and not for everyone. It’s another thing when students are not given a fair shot at actually learning to become nurses.

After all of this, you may ask, “Why are students staying in the program?” Students take this abuse because they have put too much into it. People have taken out loans to support themselves and their families while they go to school. They have given up time with their families, birthdays, jobs, spouses, money, and time. There is no other option but to keep going forth. You just keep taking what is dished out to you until you reach the final destination, graduation. Then you don’t have to deal with any of this any more. Had we known what the program is like beforehand, many of us would have gone elsewhere. I hope and pray that everyone in the program makes it because I know it came with many sacrifices.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by angie on 10/25/2008 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Merritt College Nursing Woes

First off, I apologize for the long post.

As a Second year Nursing student at Merritt College, I have to say that this article is (unfortunately) very accurate. The program is a mess and you are set up to fail since day one. There is no support for the students, especially in the first year. It's unfair to say all of the instructors are unavailable. There are some instructors in the second year who go above and beyond to support their students. The majority, however, does not answer questions and simply respond to questions by saying, “Go look it up in your book." If there is a questionable test question, the attitude of the instructors is “too bad”. They do not admit to their mistakes and everything is thrown back on the student. The students are expected to Critically Think about everything, which we should. However, it is difficult to critically think when we are given information that is contradictory. Students are also told that they are adult learners and should act likewise. The treatment students receive is anything but adult-like. There were instances where students were even yelled at in class.

The Merritt Nursing program is all about learning on your own. Lectures are word for word from the book. You are expected to learn outside of the classroom and go to your book when you have a question, not to the instructor. Your study buddies are your part time instructors and therapists because you will do a lot of venting throughout the program. Nothing is fair in this program and unfairness is the one and only constant. Everything else including the days the skills lab is available to students, test days, lecture schedules, and overall rules are always changing. The students are literally at the mercy of the instructors. The instructors have the final say on everything and carry all of the power. There really is no one above them with any kind of power.

If you question anything or any instructor, it is the student who is always at fault. Nothing changes or improves. If 80 out of 85 students fail an exam, it is the students who are blamed. If an exam is announced as a SKILLS WRITTEN EXAM and the test is actually based on LECTURE material, the student should have known and been prepared. The excuse is that Nursing is an unpredictable world and we should be prepared for anything that comes our way, like exam questions without a correct answer choice. The program should be preparing us on how to handle emergency situations that could actually arise on the job instead of testing our nerves by complicating our learning process with these types of curve balls.

I agree with the other posts about nursing not being for everyone. I have seen some students who should not have been admitted to the program to begin with. The unfortunate part is that students who are competent and really compassionate end up out of the program because they were not supported to succeed. This program is a failing system and it fails the students as well as the population who need nurses. Those who are in the program now have fought very hard to stay on board. We are more focused on staying in the program and making the cut and this compromises the whole learning experience. We could only imagine what it would be like to learn under an at least somewhat stress free environment.

I can say firsthand that this program is tough. Studying is a way of life for us now. Books become your friends and study buddies become your family. Nursing is very difficult and that is why it is an esteemed profession. There were students, however, that were failed or let go who should still be here. If the program was run like it should be, they would still be here. Its one thing to say that Nursing is difficult and not for everyone. It’s another thing when students are not given a fair shot at actually learning to become nurses.

After all of this, you may ask, “Why are students staying in the program?” Students take this abuse because they have put too much into it. People have taken out loans to support themselves and their families while they go to school. They have given up time with their families, birthdays, jobs, spouses, money, and time. There is no other option but to keep going forth. You just keep taking what is dished out to you until you reach the final destination, graduation. Then you don’t have to deal with any of this any more. Had we known what the program is like beforehand, many of us would have gone elsewhere. I hope and pray that everyone in the program makes it because I know it came with many sacrifices.

Posted by angie on 10/25/2008 at 4:34 PM

Readers' Favorites

Most Popular Stories


© 2017 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation