I have a problem and first hello to everyone ... I am beginning my second semester of LPN school and ending the first .. It has been very stressful ..
We have a great clinical instructor but we have had a awful experience with our teacher in Nursing Fundamentals . I ask a lot of questions and of course would like answers .. After the first month of asking questions that the instructor could not answer in math , I got a tutor but yet during class I still asked questions and the teacher did not know how to answer the question
The whole class talks about her behind her back , how she grades , how she is ineffienct and doesnt know what she is teaching and her subjective grading
Finally this teacher went to our nursing director and stated several untruths about me .. I had to go to a meeting and I signed a disiplinary action because I felt I had no other choice
I was practically hysterical in tears during the meeting .. I have recorded lectures .. Today we were told we could have no more recorders in her lectures . I had felt fairly safe having it on recordings so in case of something I could show the truth of all things stated.
Bascially I feel this teacher wants me out of the program and I think it would be very easy for her to do .. I am finding a lot of backstabbing in this profession
IS THIS NORMAL ?
Bascially several students went in to the nursing director to speak to her about this teacher .. But the teacher feels I have led now an organization to complain about her which is not true .. They have thier own statements and issues with her which they are slowly being brave enough to voice to the director .
Of couse I am told not to talk about the situation, but my classmates are concerned .. WE are told not to talk to each other about our interactions with the administration to other students and we are told not to discuss grades with each other or any other information with each other . but we practically live together five days a week Is this NORMAL .. I do value this place ..
Venting is good .. however i am concerned that a teacher could lie and I could be out of nursing school
I have worked so hard for . she is a new teacher .. Is my worry for naught ??? Thank you so much
Mar 14, '07
Thats pretty much the way ours was (it was very very difficult -nearly impossible- to drop one, and take that part again 'later'., though it WAS possible to do).
It likely depends on the state as to weather or not they can refuse to allow you to record. In Florida they can refuse it -and we only had one instructor who did refuse -the others didn't mind. I always taped lectures because I could then listen to the tapes at home, or on my way to school, work, etc. over and over and over (god I still have some nightmares about that stuff! ).
We were fortunate in that we only had one 'bad' instructor (fundamentals -and coincidentally, while he had about 5 yrs teaching time at that school, he was dismissed after our class -he was likeable, just not a very good teacher -would often not bother to show up for class (no warning, just not show up. We were supposed to have quizzes every first class of the week, and sometimes he didn't show up on those days). The other we had was just well, started out being rather nasty (mean), so as you can imagine, it was kind of tense in her class (this instructor singled me out once because I arrived a few minutes (literally) late after work, at the 5pm lecture time, to tell me that (in front of class) it was unreasonable for me to expect to work full time and go to class full time, that I'd better "grow up" (I was in my late 30s) and decide what I wanted more -the job or the school". I was pretty incredulous -and while I'm vocal, I'm not usually one to stir the pot. I asked her if it was 'reasonable' for her to expect to get paid -and mentioned that as far as growing up was concerned, I no longer lived with mommy and daddy, and they no longer paid my bills -including the college one.
We actually got along fairly well after that.
In any case, to the OPs question, wow, thats a toughie. You're not in a very enviable position. Typically fundies teachers don't teach other parts of the program -I pray this is true for you. If so, then all you REALLY have to do is survive to the end. Otherwise, even though I never advocate it myself, you might have to just bite your tongue, and try to be uh, less noticeable. You did say you were getting decent grades still -quizzes, assignments done and handed in, etc. It does happen that people just aren't compatible -and all YOU really have to do is pass the course, and that teacher will be rid of you, and you of her.
I wish you all the luck in the world on it. Hopefully you will be like the rest of us -looking back at it years from now as just a bumb in the road.
Last edit by Gromit on Mar 14, '07
Mar 14, '07
What I learned early in nursing school: Keep your mouth shut, smile...nod, and don't stir the pot. It sucks, but its the truth...four years later I'm happy to say I'm nearly done my degree!
As for wanting to continue to record her lectures, I'd just do it in private anyways. Keep the recorder in an open pocket of your backpack, just dont let her see it.
Best of luck you.
Last edit by S.T.A.C.E.Y on Mar 14, '07