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Re: “Merritt College Nursing Woes

I am a second year student at Merritt. I can sympathize with those of you who had to drop from the program even though you truly studied hard, sacrificed your social/family lives, and left your jobs to later find out that you would not be able to advance into the program. I have many friends who did not make it their 1st, 2nd or 3rd semesters and I felt so upset because I knew that they would have made great nurses because they were smart, very capable and compassionate.

I believe this program is highly disorganized (mostly in the first year) and lacks support and resources for the students. What troubles me the most though is that so many people get accepted the first semester (they pay for their classes, books, ATI, lose money from unworked hours, etc) when the administrators already know that at least half of these people will not make it into the first semester. Why make so many students suffer monetarily, physically and emotionally? Instead, why can't the administrators (or whomever is in charge of the admission and tuition part) just accept a smaller number of people and invest all the funds, time, resources (tutors, office hours, etc) towards better preparing the students for tests and clinical work so they can stay in the program, complete their degrees and become outstanding nurses. Where is all the money paid by students and funding going? By the way, in case you readers didn't know, hospitals only accept 8 students per instructor per day to do their clinical work at their facilities. In the second year there are only one to two instructors per clinical class (2 for psychiatry, 2 for medical surgery, 2 for maternity and 1 for pediatrics). This means that there are a total of 7 instructors times (x) 8 students (the amount allowed per instructor) equals to 56 students allowed to do clinical work. If only 56 students will be able to graduate since clinical work is required to get the nursing degree, then why are you accepting 100 or more students when you know they won't have a place in the program? It does NOT make any sense! Is it perhaps because you make money on every student who pays his/her tuition therefore the more students you get into the program the more money the school gets? I don't know and I am not here to accuse anybody of anything I can't prove. However, I do know that many students are suffering unnecessary distress. They are sacrificing their time, money, family and emotions into a program that won't be able to graduate them.

On the other hand, I'd also like to mention that the instructors are not evil, as they have been depicted in previous comments. Some of them do have very strong, strict personalities (perhaps because they were taught in their time to be this way) and some are even scary to approach. BUT, to be fair, I think that they are this way because they want to make us tough and adaptable since these are two very important qualities we need to possess in this challenging field of nursing. Other instructors are quite nice, approachable and supportive, which makes our school environment one that reflects the real world out there! In life and in our nursing careers we will have to deal with those doctors/staff and patients who are grouchy and moody and those who are sweet, nice and pleasant to be around. This does not mean that I agree with the disposition and style of teaching these "not so nice" instructors practice. I am simply acknowledging the fact that people have different personalities, views and interpersonal abilities and that unfortunately we all have to deal with it!

I would like to know WHY if there is such a huge shortage of nurses in CA and nationwide the state/country doesn't create more opportunities for more people to become registered nurses? Why can't the schools, such as Merritt College and others, make it more reasonable and accessible for students to become nurses? What's going to happen to us when all those baby boomers retire from nursing and or become sick...who is going to care for them and for all others (of any age) who will become ill? We are pathetic!

To conclude, I'd just like to ask all of you who truly have your hearts set for helping and caring for others, who for whatever reason have not yet been accepted into a nursing program or were dropped from one not because you lacked the skills, but because you happened to be in a disorganized, unfair program, to please KEEP trying! We need great, genuine, capable and compassionate nurses like you! We need you, we want you and we'll be fortunate to have you! Don't give up!


A caring future nurse

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Posted by Future RN on 10/23/2008 at 5:31 AM

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