DESCRIBE Your IDEAL Nursing Instructor - page 2

As a new ADN instructor, I am very interested in hearing about GOOD QUALITIES that you students desire in instructors. SOOOO, describe to me the NURSING INSTRUCTOR of YOUR DREAMS.:D Let me break... Read More

  1. by   BABNRS
    Vicky,

    All of the advice her is WONDERFUL!

    Clinicals -
    Most importantly I would beseech you to remember how it felt! Remember how intimidated you felt when you got ready to do that first CBG or give that Tylenol to a patient for the first time! PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE. If they do something well, praise them for it. If they do something wrong, praise what they did right and then point out what went wrong : "I really like the way that you tucked the corners on the sheets, but perhaps next time you could put up the side rail so we don't have to pick the patient up off of the floor" :roll
  2. by   VickyRN
    Thank you so much for the pointers--be rest assured it will be put to good use!!!
    God bless!!!
  3. by   essarge
    Best instructor(s) - the ones who were animated in class. They showed a real passion for nursing, students, and patients. Told stories (some happy some sad) about their experiences and when asked a question, answered it in an understandable way.

    Worst instructor(s) - 1. Those that read the chapter to you verbatum. 2. One in particular, had just recieved their doctorate (great accomplishment) and then thought that they were better than anyone else....consistently put students down and bragged about what she'd done to students in the past (thrown them off the floor, failing them because they were stupid).
  4. by   JuicyJem
    I have had several instructors that I liked, one that I hated, and one that I loved. I think all instructors have different styles and student have to adapt to them, or we won't get through school.

    In lecture, I like to be able to follow along with you. I like to hear stories from personal experience. I do not like to be read to. My OB Pedi teachers wanted us to get good use out of our books, so they followed them exactly. It was okay until we got to Pedi, and none of them were ever actually Pedi nurses, so they read word for word from the book. I like it when my instructors ask questions in class, when they dont expect you to know the answer, but just to see if you do. Emphasize what you consider important for students to take from each lecture.

    In clinical, try to put students at ease if they are obviously scared. Dont accept incomplete clinical preparation, and with that, be consistent not to do it for the girl who was up all night with cramps or whatever. I feel that if everyone is given the same prep assignment, they should all have to do it the same.
    If you expect your students to stay on the floor the entire time and have lots to do, stay on the floor with them and make sure they have stuff to do. Sometimes the nurses assume students cant do stuff and do it themselves, unless the instructors are there to tell them otherwise.

    I think you will be a great instructor because it is obvious that you want your students to have a good experience or you wouldnt have posted this message. Good luck.
  5. by   debralynn
    The Perfect Instructor! Don't treat us like children, my God, I was 44, and was not the oldest! Also when a student makes a med error(like I did), and is truthful about the error (to ensure the health of their patient), don't take all possible points away!!!! At least give the student .5 points for honesty! And I agree with alot of the other posts, dont show favorites; and especially dont expect us to be Professional at all times. We are still LEARNING! We are not professionals yet, remember we are STUDENTS!
  6. by   teeituptom
    I always wanted one like Brigette Bardot
  7. by   FullMoonMadness
    My favorite instructor is the one I have for Med/Surg now.She knows the material back and forth, and never makes any one feel stupid if they have a wrong answer in class.
    Example: We had a drug calculation test that had to passed with 100%. One day, she said we were going to have a pracice test, just to get us used to what we could expect. No stress because it was only practice. After we took the practice test, and everyone made 100, she told us that it had been the real test, she just did not want us to be nervous before.
    Example: yesterday we had a very stressful test( nothing on her tests are strait answers, all very complicated scenarios). After the test, instead of making us sit through a long leture, we played jeapordy with the categories all pertaining to pancreatic and renal situations. It was fun, and we learned a lot from it.
    I usually make very high grades but this time I am sitting on a high C low B. But, I told her that even though my grades may not reflect it, I have learned more from her than any other instructer because she really makes us think.
  8. by   Jen2
    I will not start my ADN program until this fall, but one of my biggest concerns is that my instructors will be there for me. I hope that they will always find time to meet with us on an individual basis and discuss strenghths and weaknesses. I need constructive criticism, as well as a job well done here and there.
  9. by   pkmom
    I enjoy the instructors who use stories in lecture, it helps break the monotony and let the brain rest for a minute before it goes back to being overloaded. Please don't read out of the book, students can do that on their own. Powerpoint can be very helpful as long as it matches the lecture format.

    my so-far favorite clinical instructor was very competent, easy going and reassuring. She let us break dress code too so we could wear comfortable shoes. She didn't think she had to be perfect, in fact, when she did have a small goof, she just made a joke and fixed the problem. I wish there were more like her.
  10. by   2bPhD
    Wow, there is some really good stuff here. I have read every word. I just finished a semester as a clinical instructor with my first group of students. I know that a few of them are lurking on these boards and I would love to hear their input <hint hint>. [your grades have already been posted so your comments will not count against you].
  11. by   julieK
    A lot has already been said here.

    Lecture: I say expect the students to do the reading ahead of time and then conduct the lecture as applying that information (i.e. case studies), only reviewing what is not yet understood. There is nothing more frustrating than reading a chapter and then having someone else outline it for you again. If I have not retained something by reading it once, I will not retain it by being read to, either. However, when I can apply it, I will remember it forever.

    Clinical: Definitely be supportive no matter what, at least when it comes to clinical stuff. For example, if someone has made a med error, or there is a safety issue that needs to be adressed, you must teach the student, but there is no need to put him/her down while doing it. As for attitude, I think you can be stricter with that. If a student has a negative attitude to you, a patient, or another staff member, you can feel free to reprimand him/her. That is actually a problem now in my group and my instructor is so nice that she's not putting the student in her place.

    Good luck to you. You show such concern, I'm sure you'll do great.

    -Julie in NYC

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