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Rockland Community college has allowed nursing students to gain knowledge and critical thinking skills to evoke on a career that impacts the lives of individuals at their most vulnerable state. To gain admission into this program within itself is an accomplishment. We as students, have dedicated our lives to this program and are fully committed to learning every skill needed to have a successful nursing career.

However, we the Nursing Students enrolled in Nursing 226 – Adult Health 2, would like to express our displeasure with the exam given on Wednesday, October 12th.

This past Wednesday our Nursing Section was given an exam in which an overwhelming number of students failed. Which can only mean the exam was too difficult and the Professors did not instill in us the information we needed to achieve a passing grade.

As third semester students, we are all well aware of effective study skills and test preparation strategies to obtain passing grades. Yet nothing could have prepared us for the exam that was given to us on that day. The questions presented on the exam, exceeded NCLEX prep questions in difficulty. We had neither the materials nor the instruction in class to answer the questions with the difficulty they posed. This specific test was not designed to accurately demonstrate our nursing knowledge and ability.

We as students believe that there is something definitely wrong if a test is administered and more than 70% of the students fail. Something must be done!!

As per the RCC website “Faculty, students, and administrators all share the responsibility to maintain an environment which practices academic integrity.” We do not believe the Nursing Department is holding up their end.

Again, we would like to address the problem with the faculty’s inability to share their knowledge in best nursing practices and skills to support us in being successful as students and nurses.

This is a pressing concern which we believe the Nursing Department must address. We the student body are making a request:

 For another exam or

 A significant curve in our grade, or

 For the department to drop our lowest test grade for this semester.

We are also asking for the faculty and the Nursing Program to come up with a solution so that this does not happen again in the near future.

Respectively Submitted By

The Student Body of Rockland Community College – NUR 226 Course.

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