Why do clinical instructors do the things they do??

  1. You know. I am curious about something... Why do clinical instructors think that by putting fear into you is going to make you perform better?? Me personally it does the opposite... There are days I dread clinicals... I am fine with the patient, but when you see her coming you wonder what you did wrong...

    She also has NO problem yelling at you and belittling you in front of patients, which I feel is wrong!!! If you need to yell at me fine, but do it in private...

    What is ya'll thoughts on this??
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   mattsmom81
    I don't understand either. Seems like she would choose to influence you by showing a little empathy and leadership rather than belittling you while you are trying to learn. .

    Belittling a student in front of a patient or other students in particular I find troubling...this is very unprofessional and abusive...plus it can be traumatic to the patient as well.

    Think about documenting this woman's actions...even anonymously...to the powers that be in your school..it needs to be investigated, IMO.

    Good luck and try to focus on your good instructors who encouraged you. (I remember I had a bad one myself once and I just hung in there and got through it...altho it was rough)
  4. by   Ortho_RN
    Well I keep reminding myself of a saying: "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" So I use that to to remind me, you know all she can do is yell (and fail me) hehe She has snapped at other students in front of patients to the point of tears... Luckily I haven't been yelled at yet, but I am sure it is coming... Our schools accredidation is coming up and there will be some people talking with us students alone about the program and parts of me wants to say something, but other parts tells me to keep my mouth shut, so I don't make the school look bad...
  5. by   Aussienurse2
    Those than can, do. Those that can't, teach. She probably gets a boost to her ego so don't begrudge her this, just be smug in the knowledge that you'll be out of there and she'll still be there, teaching.
  6. by   nightingale
    I am sorry this is happening to you. We had teachers like that in school. Crazy people with egos that needed inflating by someones elses suffering.

    We hung our heads low and got the #$%* out of there as best we could. Yes, it allows the problem to continue etc. We did tell those in authority and let me handle the rest. Last time I checked, "they" were still there doing the SOS...

    Just get through it. Learn to not do that to others...

    Let us know how we can help.
  7. by   oramar
    This is not proper behavior. There are too many controlling people in nursing education and otherwise. Nursing need people with love in their hearts not control. Thank goodness most instructors are not like this.
  8. by   shay
    Wow, if I had a dollar for every time I heard about an evil instructor....well, you know the rest. No, her behavior is neither justifiable nor professional, and yes you can complain but unfortunately I doubt it will change much.

    You have a good attitude, though. Hang in there, sweetie. You'll survive.
  9. by   mario_ragucci
    Mean clinical instructors may not be pleasant, but prejudice and sexist and snotty ones are the worst. Especially if they choose to work on their own interpersonal communication skills on you instead of being a clinical instructor.

    "The path of the rightous nursing student is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish, and the tyranny of evil women. Blessed is she who, in the name of charity and good will, instructs nursing student to the best of her abilities, for she is truely my sisters keeper at the foundation of nursing studies. And I will strike down upon wrong clinical instructors with great vengence and furious anger, those that attempt to harm and hinder my fellow nursing students. And you will know, my name is MARIO, when I lay my science down on YOU.

    Mario 25:17
  10. by   BBFRN
    You are paying that instructor to perform a service for you- and that is to teach you enough to pass the boards and be an excellent nurse. It is within your rights to make a complaint about her unprofessional behavior- you're not paying her to verbally abuse you. Otherwise, you would have joined the military. And I agree with Mattsmom about jumping your butt in front of the patients- it makes your instructor, your school, and the facility look bad. As patient advocates, I would think that the staff there would not want their sick patients to have to witness this behavior.
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    well said lgflaminin

    I just realized that an incident occured where nursing student shot instructors, and feeel maybe I shouldn't kid about words some may take too serious.

    For the record, I told my clinical instructor once during a verbal attack that i loved her for polishing me because it shows she cares. I sensed she need love. And not everyone is gonna correctly assess everyone else, and it depends on your circulation amongst other people to develop people skills. I can think of better things to discuss than clinical instructor who fall short of all expectations. It's easy!

    Nothing you can know that isn't known
    Nothing you can see that isn't shown
    Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
    It's easy

    All you need is love
    All you need is love
    All you need is love
    Love, love is all you need
  12. by   melissa24
    I had one also...She didn't pick on everyone, only a chosen few, and I was one of her chosen ones.

    At first it intimidated me, then I realized she must have some psych issues that cause her to belittle others publicly in order to make herself feel better. I got through it one clinical day at a time, but I dreaded clinicals also.

    By the time I got to my junior and senior years, I had had other clinicals with other instructors, and further realized it was about her and not me. I even got the courage to stand up to her when I thought she was in the wrong...the things she did made me that angry ...and nobody else would stand up to her.
  13. by   CMERN
    Mario You crack me Up!!!---Had clinincal instructor once who yelled,even grabbed a nursing student violently... um she went on "probation" was never fired. I detest that woman.:spin: I agree that "fear factor" teaching is prehistoric to say the least..But believe me each of us that graduated came out with steel determination if nothing else.
  14. by   jude11142
    Originally posted by lgflamini@msn.c
    You are paying that instructor to perform a service for you- and that is to teach you enough to pass the boards and be an excellent nurse. It is within your rights to make a complaint about her unprofessional behavior- you're not paying her to verbally abuse you. Otherwise, you would have joined the military. And I agree with Mattsmom about jumping your butt in front of the patients- it makes your instructor, your school, and the facility look bad. As patient advocates, I would think that the staff there would not want their sick patients to have to witness this behavior.
    I have to agree with you............instructors are paid to teach!!!! Not to humiliate their students. I'm saddened to say that of the 4 instructors, only one was half-way decent. So many dropped out of nursing school, not because of academics but because of the way they were treated. Having seen most of it first-hand, I have to admit that they were treated as if they were stupid(I believe several were even called that), were brought to tears daily etc.........I admit that maybe some weren't cut out to be nurses or were too sensitive but still what gives these instructors the right to treat others like that. I was alright until the last rotation and I know that is because I became friends with another student(who had many disputes with all the instructors, because she would go and report them, talk back to them etc..and they couldn't get her out)and lo and behold, I was now on their sh**list..........This is true too because I had other students say to me, "what's going on"? "You never had problems with the instructors"etc.............Here I was 6 weeks from graduating and they were making it hell!!! Nothing crucial either, like I was 5 minutes late one time.........We were to be on the floor by 6am but they said it was better if we got there by 5:45am, anyways, I walked onto the floor at 5:50 and was called aside and told that I would get a "warning".......2 other students came in at 5:55 and guess what? Nothing said!!! I went to first the Dept Head who went on to tell me to worry about myself and not others.............duh........I am not one to say "you didn't say anything to so and so".........yet at the age of 40 , here I was feeling like a 7 yr old thinking and saying, "so and so doesn't like me" etc...........give me a break...........other issues came up after this regarding trying to "Break me".......but I was determined to follow my dream and become a nurse.......for over 15 yrs I worked as a CNA, then a scrub tech and I always wanted to go back to school, so I put everything into this and no way was I gonna let them push me out.............
    The kicker is now, 8 months after graduating, the school sent me a letter(all grads)asking us to fill in survey about our school experiences..........It won't be a positive one that's for sure...........I still can't believe that these instructors are in this field let alone nurses..........My daughter is in her senior yr of high school and there is no way that I would recommend the school where I went..........pretty sad..........

    JUDE

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