West Coast University LA: students addressing distance learning obstacles

West Coast University LA: students addressing distance learning obstacles

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The last eight months have been trying for all of us and we are doing our best to stay positive. Many of us in the program have had our skills lab, sims lab, and clinical hours fully online since March. Though we have done what we could to learn skills at home some things must be practiced in person. We need access to mannequins and equipment and ultimately practice on real patients. Some students have been scheduled to have in person clinicals but not many. We have now been informed that students in fundamentals and others have been allowed back on campus for their skills lab. This is frustrating seeing as though some students going into intermediate medical surgical nursing have never even held a syringe. There is no question that upperclassmen lacking experience should have priority when it comes to the skills lab. We have also come to learn that other nursing schools are being allowed into hospitals that WCU students are assigned to but we are still in telehealth. In addition, we were informed that some students were delayed entry into their clinical site because the school didn’t turn in the proper paperwork on time. It’s unfair to us as students that we are losing opportunities to learn because of the disorganization of the school. 

After losing our hands-on practice the administration has decided that professors should no longer lecture. As stated in the town hall meeting on the 5th of November, professors will now be lecturing for 15-18 minutes in a 3-5 hour theory class. Instead of focusing on studying for our weekly quiz we now have to teach ourselves the lecture material before class in order to engage in active learning. We are in an accelerated program that is already incredibly demanding. It’s a good idea to engage in some active learning but only after we have been properly taught the information. For example, incorporating engaging practice activities into lecture material would be a beneficial tool to aid in retention of the material. However, active learning should not replace traditional teaching methods. 

Many of us have been negatively affected financially by this pandemic and we are still paying full tuition, resulting in ever increasing student debt. We are paying full price for a substandard education. We are also writing letters to Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles district II Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Governor Newsom, as well as the BRN asking them to make exceptions for nursing schools. If nurses are expected to go to work during a pandemic nursing students should do the same. We chose to attend this school to become the best nurses we can be and we are currently being denied the opportunity to reach our full potential. After the recent town hall, we felt that our concerns went unheard. This letter has been converted to a petition so all students can sign. We hope that you will listen to your students and understand that we are in a situation that no one else has gone through prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all adults and deserve to have our concerns heard and our suggestions seriously taken into consideration.

Sincerely,

West Coast University Students

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