Favorite clinical instructor....and why? - page 2

My favorite clinical instructor turned out to be the one I feared "getting", because she was known as tough. She expected preparation, and it turns out that is the key to success! Be prepared for... Read More

  1. by   DanaR85
    I have had a few clinical instructors that I have liked. There was the one who was known for being tough and enjoyed instilling a certain level of fear in her students. She had very high expectations and would not fail to let you know if you did not meet them. However, on the other hand, when you did well, she was the first to brag on you to the other nurses. She taught is so much and we got to do/see more then we had in any clinical up to that point. I think that slight level of fear was just enough to keep me on my toes and make me do my best.

    I just recently had a clinical instructor who was just fantastic. We were on a cardiac telemetry unit and I think at first we were all overwhelmed, esp. since it was the first time we got 2 patients. But she was always patient with us and told us to take a deep breath when we felt overwhelmed. She was a huge stickler on meds, which forced us to learn them. At first it seemed annoying, but she made us put a pen dot on the MAR next to the meds as we checked them with the orders in the chart. But, she told us that it was a good way to KNOW that you checked the order. I have done that ever since and it really is no more time consuming. I also now feel like I have a good base knowledge of common cardiac meds. I think she may have been my favorite instructor, but then again, I may just be saying that because she gave me my first ever clinical excellence award.

    We graduate in Feburary and these are just 2 of the many clinical instructors that I think really helped shape me and taught me the most. Sometimes, in the end, the instructor that is the toughest, turns out to be the best.
  2. by   MrsMommaRN
    still in nursing school. i do have a few favorites though.
    the one that comes to mind immediately is the instructor i currently have. she treats us with respect, allows us to think things through and make judgements about patient care and allows autonomy. she's willing to jump in get her hands dirty and talk you through any procedure with ease without making you feel like a bumbling fool.
  3. by   SecondGenRN
    My favourite clinical instructor (not including my preceptor for consolidation) was the one I had for med-surg. She was great! She was encouraging, told me regularly what a great job I was doing (which is something I've never heard from an instructor before!) encouraged me to take more and more complex cases and allowed me to take a full patient load toward the end of the rotation. She was very approachable and had the best way of challenging and encouraging a student that I've ever seen. This isn't to say that she was an easy instructor... she was a stickler for the rules and where other instructors would let something slide, she would hold the student accountable. I have nothing but respect for this woman!!!
  4. by   TazziRN
    Quote from NursStudent1980
    My favourite clinical instructor (not including my preceptor for consolidation) was the one I had for med-surg. She was great! She was encouraging, told me regularly what a great job I was doing (which is something I've never heard from an instructor before!) encouraged me to take more and more complex cases and allowed me to take a full patient load toward the end of the rotation. She was very approachable and had the best way of challenging and encouraging a student that I've ever seen. This isn't to say that she was an easy instructor... she was a stickler for the rules and where other instructors would let something slide, she would hold the student accountable. I have nothing but respect for this woman!!!

    Oh gawd...........I realized what your screen name means, and I suddenly feel very very very old........I graduated high school in 1980..........
  5. by   SecondGenRN
    Quote from TazziRN
    Oh gawd...........I realized what your screen name means, and I suddenly feel very very very old........I graduated high school in 1980..........
    awwww lol come on now, you know age is just a number (and really, yours isn't even very high, it still has a 4 in front of it!!!) If it makes you feel better, I have days where I feel like I'm in my 60's lol

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