Ah the joys of school. I'm so frickin' exhausted and frustrated. The bottom line...I'm done. Technically I'm not done, but mentally I am. As time goes on I find myself frustrated not only with the busy work I must complete but also my profs. This program has been around for several years so it's not like I'm in uncharted territory being in the 4th level....but I sure the heck feel like I am. It just seems like a gaggle at times. I tried to contact one of my professors on the day she was to be in the office only to find that she wasn't in that day. Okay, not that big of a deal, but considering my paperwork said that any questions I had I should contact the school via phone, it put me in a rock in a hard place. I went ahead and contacted her through email....here's what I said and her reply....
"Heidi Henry 1/28/2008 2:35 PM
Hello. I have a question in regards to the EP3 video project. Per the blackboard site I should call with questions but was unable to reach you. The person who answered recommended me to email, so here I am.
My question is about the nervous system examination. How in depth are we to go into the system? For instance, on a normal day to day examination you do not perform a thorough neurological exam, only when signs are elicited for you to do so. Should we be basic with examining ambulation, pain, and coordination and then go into disease conditions (such as herniated disk, etc) and then go into diagnostics (wheelbarrowing, reflexes, etc)? Or are we to talk about the thorough examination? Thank you for your assistance! Heidi Henry
The video assignment is not an every day exam. You are to perform an exam on each system to check for it's complete health. You only have to talk about the three disseases (sic) and diagnostic procedures.
Andrea Cantrell, RVT
Okay, so not only did I have to contact her via email but it took 2 days to get an email back and I feel her answer is quite vague. In my opinion she's basically saying, "You have to do an entire complete examination of every organ system," meaning when I perform the neurological part of an examination I am to talk about the 5 parts of the examination. In addition, those 5 parts each have about 8 sub parts. And that's just one system. I have to talk about every system of the body. This is crazy and asinine. I am a technician, not a doctor. I do not perform examinations, nor will I ever. By law I am not supposed to or allowed to. Oh yeah, and this is to be done on video with no notes and no breaks. So I already had anxiety about the video, but it's just been taken to another level. In my head I'm trying to break my task into pieces, which tends to give me peace of mind, but it is what it is and it's something that I do not feel confident in completing. I'm can memorize almost anything you give me, but this is asking a bit much. This is the type of thing that you must learn through experience not memorizing.
In addition to this situation I also had to take a quiz the other day. It noted one of my answers as being wrong. With me being a perfectionist I went ahead a retook the test with a new bank of questions (we can take quizzes a total of 2 times). I ended up having the same question that I got wrong originally. Knowing I got it wrong the first time I made sure to choose the next closest answer. It was still wrong! This called for an email.....
"Heidi Henry 1/20/2008 3:00 PM
Hello! I am a student in your EP3 class. I took the Unit 1 Quiz and both attempts I received the question: "The normal range for creatinine levels in the adult feline are:" My first attempt I answered "0.5-1.6 mg/dL" I wasn't clear as to why it was wrong but with my second attempt answered "0.6-2.0 mg/dL" knowing my first answer was incorrect according to the quiz. Just wanted to know what the correct answer is. According to the Mazzaferro text it states that the normal creatinine levels are 0.6-1.4 mg/dl. Thanks!
Heidi, According to the Ford/Mazzaferro text, page 577: Adult Feline Creatine (sic) 0.5-2.3 mg/dL
RVT Instructional Specialist"
Her answer is accurate with pg 577 stating that those are the values. However, in a different location in the book it states that either one of my answers is correct. What's the deal? I think I should still get the points! This type of thing always seems to happen and I'm tired of trying to fight for my points.
At this time I just want to finish my schooling. My cumulative grade point is 4.0. What it comes down to is that I have to pass each class with a D or higher and then finish the entire program with a cumulative D average or higher. At this point as long as I pass my classes I'm in the green to graduate. You know me and I'm not going to totally give up on my school work but I must say that I'm leaning to the side of chilling out and getting by with what I need to get by with. The thing is I'm not the only one that feels this way. My boss, who is my preceptor and the owner of the practice feels what I have to do is just as asinine as me. He thinks it's busy work and pointless for me to "learn" half of the stuff they are requiring. For instance, learning 40 breeds of cows. Yeah, I understand the point but given that I am strictly into small animal and never will use the knowledge what's the point? He doesn't even know the breeds himself and he was a former large animal vet for God's sake. His thinking...."If you don't know what breed the cow is, ask the farmer, he'll tell you." How very true. You know what else he said, "Do you know what they call a person that graduates with a D average? A technician." Meaning, it doesn't matter what grades you get...as long as you pass, you pass. Enough venting, I just needed to get it off my chest.