And about the cellphones in class...

  1. Do not talk on them while your instructors are speaking! I cannot believe that this girl was actually having a conversation on her phone while the instructor was lecturing! I just cant believe it. And there were at least 5 instances of very loud ringers.
    (Yea, it's called vibrate!)
    I tell ya, some people are so inconsiderate.
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Mesomorph
    Quote from jorlsu
    Do not talk on them while your instructors are speaking! I cannot believe that this girl was actually having a conversation on her phone while the instructor was lecturing! I just cant believe it. And there were at least 5 instances of very loud ringers.
    (Yea, it's called vibrate!)
    I tell ya, some people are so inconsiderate.
    </rant>
    Wow.

    If patients only knew the FULL story when their nurses introduced themselves:
    "Hi, my name's Sue. I talked on my cell phone during lectures, never studied in nursing school, got Cs the entire way through, barely passed the NCLEX, and am a dunce in general. Oh yeah, I also cheated a few times. I'll be your nurse today!"

    AHH! Losers!
  4. by   RNDreamer
    Some of my professors threatened to deduct points of exam or final grade if a cell phone goes off in class, it became that ridiculous
  5. by   kakalika
    It is now policy in my school to turn off cell phones in class. Turn off!!, not vibrate. During a recent pharm test, someones phone rang. She was asked to leave the room and forgo the exam. I make sure my phone is off now.
  6. by   EricJRN
    Yep - a girl in my phonetics class just lost five points (which actually only corresponds to a one point drop in overall grade) because her cell rang in class. The policy seems to be a deterrant for the rest of us.
  7. by   november17
    I think having a conversation is rude, however lots of people will talk to each other on the sly during lecture. I think that it is overkill to deduct points because someone forgot to turn off their ringer. It's a shame that some people are so anal retentive about cell phones. Sure, it is annoying, but so are people that ask dumb questions. Maybe they should get points deducted too.
  8. by   GeauxNursing
    Quote from november551
    I think having a conversation is rude, however lots of people will talk to each other on the sly during lecture. I think that it is overkill to deduct points because someone forgot to turn off their ringer. It's a shame that some people are so anal retentive about cell phones. Sure, it is annoying, but so are people that ask dumb questions. Maybe they should get points deducted too.
    Hey, I'm down with that! I cant stand the stupid question ppl in my class! They are just as, if not more annoying, than the cell phones. Actually, I think the cell phones are just disrespectful to the instructor; the talky ppl are disrespectful to us AND him.
  9. by   NBMom1225
    Only one instance of a student's cell phone going of so far, and the instructor wasn't upset, since the student apologized that she forgot to turn it off...I'm sure the instructor was so understanding because her cell phone has rung in class at least three different times! Each time she was embarrassed and apologized, it was one of her kids. We all got a chuckle out of it, and fortunately it never happened during an exam.

    Phones should always be on vibrate, and I am personally uncomfortable turning it off completely due to having kids of my own.
    Last edit by NBMom1225 on Oct 3, '07 : Reason: sp
  10. by   krenee
    I think vibrate can still be distracting. I can see if you're expecting a really, really impt call or something but on a regular basis, I think people should turn them off. There is a girl in lab with me whose phone is always vibrating. The other day we were supposed to partner up for something and she said she had to blow her nose first . . . and she went and made a phone call. I was a bit annoyed that she lied about it.

    Kelly
  11. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from kakalika
    It is now policy in my school to turn off cell phones in class. Turn off!!, not vibrate. During a recent pharm test, someones phone rang. She was asked to leave the room and forgo the exam. I make sure my phone is off now.
    And I applaud the school for this policy. I don't care how "anal retentative" that I am perceived as, barring a major family issue, one does not "need" to have their cell phone ring in class, nor sit there and have a conversation on it.

    "Stupid" questions frequently serve an educational purpose - it lets the instructor know who needs better info, or for that matter, which students are "attention-seeking". Chit chatters in class need to be reminded to leave the room to converse. Just because they are permitted, does not mean that it is right, nor that further disruptions should be permitted.

    Unfortunately, though, when one leaves school and goes into the "real world", there will be personnel that are just as attached at the hip to the phone as in school. They will stop in the middle of pt care to answer their cells, talk on the phone while working, chit chatting away, if the UD/NM is not around. The patients will comment on the ringtone (meantime, thinking how rude that it is), and they just go on.
  12. by   elkpark
    At the school in which I taught, we (faculty) put a statement in our course syllabi, right "up front" at the beginning of each semester, that cell phones were to be turned off for class, and, if your phone rang during class (or you made a call) you would have to leave (for the remainder of the class session) -- lecture, exam, whatever. (We did also say that, if you had a legitimate emergency that required you to be available by 'phone, please let the instructor know (and, of course, we would make exceptions for real emergencies.))

    I never had "phone issues" in any of my classes.
  13. by   GeauxNursing
    well by stupid questions I mean things like "will your eyeball pop out when you sneeze if you don't shut your eyes tight?"(during a discussion of the brain!) or "should we apply pressure to the decubitus when we are doing the back rubs?" yes, same person.)
  14. by   Achoo!
    Funny thing happened... we are supposed to have our phones off, and a fellow classmates phone went off during lecture. The teacher walked over and answered it! She said " Hi, I'm sorry but so and so is busy in school right now, she'll have to call you back". The girls was so embarrassed, and it was done lightly in fun. Since then no one has forgotten to shut their phone off.

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