How well should first year students be doing after their first term?
It’s not easy entering the world of nursing, and you may be disappointed with a less than ‘satisfactory’ report card this January. But how well should freshers expect to be doing after their first term?
Nursing skills have to be built up over time, and nobody is expecting you to save lives on your first day. Even so, can this really be considered an excuse to settle for average grades?
According to the NMC, nurses must complete all of their first year modules, or else be forced to re-sit the year again.
If hospitals are willing to accept you on to their wards, is it your responsibility to make sure you have the proper knowledge and skills to be there?
Nursing is not like other courses. While the marks might be formative, the impact you can have on a patient’s wellbeing is very real. Does this extra responsibility mean first year marks are more important in nursing than in other subjects? Or are tutors expecting too much too soon?
What do you think?