Petition for Amber Dunn
It has been brought to my and my fellow classmate’s attention that one of our fellow students Amber Dunn, is being denied graduation for 3.4 points. I understand the situation that when someone does not earn the needed points to graduate they didn’t earn the degree. That being said I believe this situation deserves further investigation. According to our professors, the pandemic situation is so severe we aren’t allotted a graduation or guests. Under these circumstances we believe certain factors should be considered. Our professors were unprepared to teach online school, which is not what any of us signed up for and we understand. We have been accommodating to them as much as we can but have received little to no accommodations in return. They have put forth minimal effort to help students succeed or graduate. One example is they stated they would send out weekly emails to help guide us, which they did not. Another example is we were given no start time for an ATI test we were to take for points in the program, as a result there was chaos during the test. The next day Professor Branch sent out an email reprimanding us and stating it was on the syllabus, which it was, but the syllabus stated “after lecture.” Lecture is from 9-12 and they began the test at 10am with no prior notice sent out. There have been many situations where tests have been keyed incorrectly, including ATI tests. The 3.4 points our classmate is missing could easily be a mistake by our professors in creating the test that wasn’t caught. She has passed the exit exam with a 99% chance of passing the NCLEX. She has earned all of her required activity points and passed all of her care plans. She also demonstrated exemplary skills during her many clinicals at the hospital. We believe our classmate deserves to graduate. If that is not granted, then she deserves a thorough review of each of her tests to ensure test competence before she is denied graduation. Amber Dunn has faced many challenges during her time in nursing school. In our first semester she lost her son. This last semester her daughter gave birth prematurely and her sister was in a terrible accident. She withdrew from BADNAP in 2017 and returned as a Traditional Nursing Student, because of this the College of Nursing is saying she is ineligible to retake NP4 via the Nursing Student Handbook. This was last revised in 2016 pre-Covid and certainly before we were required to learn online from teachers who are unprepared to teach Nursing or accommodate the format. We believe it is outdated and at the very least it is unacceptable that she is denied not only graduation but reentry to the program. We hope this situation can be resolved in the best way possible. Amber Dunn has demonstrated perseverance and knowledge in the field of nursing. This situation needs attention and we stand with her and ask for your consideration. We hope you will be an advocate on her behalf.