Already been told I shouldn't be a nurse (Rant) - page 2

So today I took a CPR course. I'm not in NS yet, but I decided to do it ahead of time. I've made amazing grades in all my prereq courses and every single one of my science professors has praised me... Read More

  1. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from misskayy
    It was through the American Heart Association. I can't find a complaint number on their site. If anyone knows a way to send a complaint to them, let me know.
    Every instructor has a training center. The training center that sponsored your course should be able to address your complaint, so whoever your registered with (or go here: Class Connector Search Home- American Heart Association). So sorry you experienced this, that was very unprofessional and not in line with the AHA's teaching philosophy.
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    When I was 17 I was told I wouldn't be a nurse and coming up to 30 years as a nurse. If it is what you really want then be determined to prove people wrong. Good luck
  3. by   DowntheRiver
    I'm pretty sure the first time I did chest compressions I wasn't doing them fast enough (on the mannequin). I highly doubt that most of us were extremely efficient the first time we did anything. You learn as you go!
    Last edit by DowntheRiver on Oct 1 : Reason: ETA
  4. by   RotorRunner
    That instructor was probably not even a nurse. Pay no mind.

    My first clinical nursing instructor told me I would never become a nurse after I turned in my first care plan. *eye roll*
  5. by   JKL33
    Quote from misskayy
    At one point she giggled and said "You're not doing it fast enough... I think you killed him... Yeah, you shouldn't be a nurse."
    She should have helped you by singing "Stayin' Alive."
  6. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Quote from misskayy
    I know that this is to be expected in NS, especially at clinicals. I know. I will not allow anyone to get in the way of my dreams. I have thick skin. I've been talked down on when I was in high school and I proved all of those people wrong. I'm just astounded that it's happening this early on. When you tell someone they're in the wrong profession, before they've even started, is crossing the line if you ask me.
    I'd caution you against extrapolating from a CPR class to nursing school.

    In fact, I'm curious from where you derive you certainty that "this is to be expected in NS." That was not my experience nor is it how I see students being treated in clinicals. I'm sure there are exceptions, of course, but I think that's precisely what they are... exceptions.

    Be careful about adopting such a negative viewpoint before you even launch... it makes you subject to confirmation bias and your subconscious behaviors may elicit negative responses.
  7. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Quote from JKL33
    She should have helped you by singing "Stayin' Alive."
    I prefer "Another One Bites the Dust." If I have to have an earworm in my head, I'll choose Queen over the Bee Gees any day. I'm biased, though... I lived through the disco era and was even forced to do disco dancing during high school PE class.
  8. by   NurseSpeedy
    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    I prefer "Another One Bites the Dust." If I have to have an earworm in my head, I'll choose Queen over the Bee Gees any day. I'm biased, though... I lived through the disco era and was even forced to do disco dancing during high school PE class.
    Laughing because I've taken BLS renewal courses outside of the hospital setting only twice, and one referenced the first song and the other one used the second.

    The hospital just bored us to tears with the cheesy videos with some overdramatized actor pointing in slow motion requesting for someone else to grab the code cart.
  9. by   Nurse Noelle
    I wouldn't even waste thinking space over such a declasse' human being. You know who you are and where you stand and what you're capable of. Unfortunately, on the journey to success you will encounter characters that are less than ideal, unhelpful, and downright rude, like this instructor. You handled it very maturely and probably better than I would have. I'd say 50% of being a nurse is stuff that's already built-in, like compassion, empathy, and kindness. If you have those and the heart to serve, then the technicalities of nursing can be learned later through schooling. I didn't come from a medical background myself, never was a CNA or anything before nursing school, so I started off learning from scratch, just like you. I turned out just fine. I commend you for staying classy.
  10. by   lhflanurseNP
    I was told that my first year of college...now look at me. A full career in nursing and now a nurse practitioner. If it is truly what you want, you will get there.
  11. by   misskayy
    Quote from RotorRunner
    That instructor was probably not even a nurse. Pay no mind.


    My first clinical nursing instructor told me I would never become a nurse after I turned in my first care plan. *eye roll*

    Yep. She was a paramedic. She kept asking these difficult questions (things that we, as students, would not know at the top of our heads) and she would look directly at me until I nodded or shook my head. She wouldn't give us the correct answer to the question until I gave her a response. Of course, I didn't know the correct answer to most of her questions so I felt humiliated. Not sure what her problem was, but I hope she fixes it soon.
  12. by   misskayy
    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    I'd caution you against extrapolating from a CPR class to nursing school.


    In fact, I'm curious from where you derive you certainty that "this is to be expected in NS." That was not my experience nor is it how I see students being treated in clinicals. I'm sure there are exceptions, of course, but I think that's precisely what they are... exceptions.


    Be careful about adopting such a negative viewpoint before you even launch... it makes you subject to confirmation bias and your subconscious behaviors may elicit negative responses.

    It's better to prepare yourself for the worst. I'd hate to be the student who thinks nursing is all lollipops and rainbows and then finds out it can be horrible at times. I've read the stories here and on reddit. I know it doesn't happen often, but when it's bad... it's bad.
  13. by   misskayy
    Quote from Nurse Noelle
    I wouldn't even waste thinking space over such a declasse' human being. You know who you are and where you stand and what you're capable of. Unfortunately, on the journey to success you will encounter characters that are less than ideal, unhelpful, and downright rude, like this instructor. You handled it very maturely and probably better than I would have. I'd say 50% of being a nurse is stuff that's already built-in, like compassion, empathy, and kindness. If you have those and the heart to serve, then the technicalities of nursing can be learned later through schooling. I didn't come from a medical background myself, never was a CNA or anything before nursing school, so I started off learning from scratch, just like you. I turned out just fine. I commend you for staying classy.
    Thank you! You have no idea how much it means to me hearing this from someone who went through a similar path. That made my day.

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