Already been told I shouldn't be a nurse (Rant) - page 4

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   SullyRN
    Quote from misskayy
    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.
    What kind of questions was she asking? All she should've been asking for a BLS CPR class is "Is the patient breathing, do they have a pulse? No, okay, start compressions."

    People on power trips make me wanna spit.
  2. by   Adrianaboydlewis
    I understand and feel the same way. That's how my family is none are in the health profession and for that reason feel it is not the right fit for me. Smh it just but I have thick skin, I just wish my family could see how good I am and could be.
  3. by   Heylove
    If you can't handle a little bit of banter in a BLS CPR class, how are you going to handle real criticism in nursing school?

    How are you going to respond under real pressure of a code?
  4. by   Luckyyou
    Quote from Heylove
    If you can't handle a little bit of banter in a BLS CPR class, how are you going to handle real criticism in nursing school?

    How are you going to respond under real pressure of a code?
    Oh, honestly. I've never been berated or embarassed in a code before, and I've been in more than a few.
  5. by   misskayy
    Quote from Heylove
    If you can't handle a little bit of banter in a BLS CPR class, how are you going to handle real criticism in nursing school?

    How are you going to respond under real pressure of a code?
    Did you not read the last few sentences in my post? I'm not so much hurt, but shocked how unprofessional some people can be, especially towards a beginner. I've had some bad days, but I never took it out on someone like that.
  6. by   chris21sn
    I was told in my last year of nursing school that I'd never succeed. She picked on me, yelled at me, made fun of me for an entire semester. She loved especially to make fun of me in front of my classmates. Many days, I went home and cried and cried and cried.

    But I graduated with cum laude, and landed my first job in an ICU. I make 37.50/hr at my job, and 46.50/hr at my per diem job.

    Now at my job it's almost a part two of what happened to me in my senior year of nursing school. I get made fun of and ridiculed constantly - I know I'm probably also gossiped about because I'm not up to par with veterans who have been nursing for 40 years. I receive all the admissions, all the discharges, all the confused patients while the veteran nurses sit down and chat and eat. I go without eating, having time to pee while I play catch up.


    How how do I get through this? I tell myself every single day that this isn't my forever. I'll go towards my goal one week at a time.

    Currently, Im trying to find a bigger hospital with bigger pay in a better ICU. I hope to be a crna one day, and if I ignore the nay Sayers --- just like my clinical teacher --- I'll be very happy.

    we will all show them right, op?

    So my advice? Ignore and keep pushing forward.
  7. by   Georgia_PeachNS/RN
    First, this is not ok and this should never be expected. This is an educator that is there to teach you, not to embarrass you and this educator should be reported. I come from zero experience in the medical field. My frirst degree was psych and I ended up counseling in a pregnancy center. Once, I had an academic advisor tell me at a student nursing orientation (before I finished my first degree) that I would never be a nurse because of my GPA and that I should start as a CNA and maybe one day I would work myself up enough to take the licensure exam to be an RN. I went home devasted and I cried for hours. She had crushed my dream. She told me that I wasn't good enough. I had another advisor in a different state tell me that if I finished my first degree with a good GPA that I could apply for their accelerated nursing program. I worked hard, got excellent grades, applied and was accepted. I remember the day I opened my envelope, I cried, while standing in my driveway, with excitement. I also thought about that one advisor who told me I'd never make it. I wanted to tell her so much how she was wrong. Now, I graduate in May and will take my boards to become a nurse. All throughout school, every clinical instructor I have had has encouraged us to report any preceptor who is rude, who bullies, or who doesn't take the time to teach us because that is never acceptable. You are there to learn and to ask questions. Always ask questions! I am proud of you for standing up for yourself. A great nurse is not only an advocate for their patients but also for their self. I am sorry that happened to you. Keep your chin up!!! Report the instructor, because if they are doing it to you then they are doing it to others as well. Not everyone has thick skin, and words hurt.
  8. by   Ginabsd
    I've never commented here before but was so upset by your story I felt compelled! I even had to create an account, etc. so I could respond! What the CPR instructor did was UNACCEPTABLE! I would suggest you notify the company that employs this person & notify them of what went on during your class. So happy to hear that you are not taking it personally, but this person should not be allowed to practice as an instructor. Nurses eating their young is never appropriate & should not be tolerated!
  9. by   LaughingRN1979
    Let me make a comment as a former nursing instructor. You handled yourself appropriately. You are doing everything right and working hard. I had many students that I would've loved to have told they didn't deserve to be nurses. I had one that didn't even know what an IV was and when I asked her why she was in the program, she said she thought it would be fun. I had many others that couldn't grasp basic concepts or weren't willing to put in any effort either in class or in clinicals. They said my tests were too hard and always wanted to know exactly what was on them. Because, you know, critical thinking was too much for them to process. Those people didn't deserve to be nurses. You, however, keep pushing forward, working hard, and you will succeed! I wish I'd had students like you!
  10. by   Mary1227x
    Im a floor nurse in a hospital i blew a nursing instructor in for behaving like this to a brand new level 1 student.. the instructor approached me at the beginning of the day and said this one is trouble she doesn't think she should have to touch patient.. the poor kid was TERRIFIED trying her hardest to not make a mistake. The instructor came in a tore her apart in front of the patient and other students saying she didn't even know how to make a bed!! The poor kid just stood there fighting back tears same story, first one in her family going to college there on a scholarship.. only thing I could figure was the instructor didn't like her because she was black!!# so I pulled the student aside and said I will take care of it don't worry (the school is attached to the hospital where I work ) I went straight to her boss and blew her in and their response was we were kinda thinking this was going on but we really needed someone to witness it now we can address it thank you for coming to us
  11. by   kimandthekinks
    I became a cna when I was 18 years old. Still a “baby” still very much looked like a baby but I loved my job and made great connections with my patients. There was one nurse who did not like me at all. She thought I was too young and didn’t appreciate being assigned the same floor as me. One day I came into work and when she found out we were assigned together again, she clocked out and said she was not going to work with me today. Either I go or she goes. She knew I was in school to be a nurse just like her. It was heartbreaking to see a nurse that I look up to abandon her patients because she just despised me that much... she still kept her job as a fellow cna decided to switch halls with me as a solution. I was put off by that for a long time and ended up quitting my cna job altogether and never went back. I even ended up dropping out of nursing school. Long story short, I’m back in the running for my BSN and aspire to become a nursing manager. I do not want a nurse like her working in my facility. I’m tired of the negativity going on in the nursing field and I want to see a change. This dog eat dog scenario does not belong in a selfless compassionate field. So whoever that instructor was, please report them. I wish I had reported to Human Resources back then but I was so naive. Don’t let that interaction stop you from becoming who you want to be in life.
  12. by   GaleSRN51
    Please don’t let this person affect your decisions. You sound like just the kind of person we need in the Nursing profession. There will always be people in your life and in your career who will try and put you down. What this person did was bully you. Good for you for standing up to them. You will be an amazing nurse!
  13. by   Alf2
    I would have asked "so can I have my CPR card now?"

    In reality many nurses really get better at CPR in the field watching other people. Because as long as you're not by yourself it's unlikely you'll run a code. Hopefully the first few times you'll observe someone else do it and hopefully they'll give deep enough compressions and fast enough.

    Remember just because they're fast does not mean they're deep. They need to be fast and deep as well.

    Ignore that CPL person and Just Keep On Trucking.

    On a side note one time I was discouraged that my CPR would not be good enough. A doctor literally told me not to worry and to work on my skills and to remember that any CPR is better than no CPR.

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