Quote from christinemj
I have to make a statement in defense of the schools. At one point early in this journey, I had an opinion much like the OP. However, I have had to opportunity to sit on several faculty committees since then, and have changed my opinion......
Being in the clinical setting is a PRIVILEGE given to us by the clinical site.. Hospital, LTC, etc. Many times, the school does NOT know which sites will accept students until the very last moment. Funding and staffing issues, along with a host of others..heck..CONSTRUCTION!!! are all so very dynamic and approval for our prescence on the floor isn't always easy to come by. (Especially when the behavior or performance of a SINGLE previous student may have caused ruffled feathers! It happens.....)
Before we start slamming our faculty and administrators, try to realize that "most" are doing all that they can to get us where we need to be... and notify us as soon as THEY know. (Of course, there is always the slacker that waits WAY too long to send out the letters.) BUT.... realize that most faculty and admin are doing all that they can for us. I guess it's all about perspective.... but until we have walked in their shoes, or seen the hurdles that need to be crossed for us, I think calling our schools "clueless" is a bit unfair.
I completely understand issues that come up with clinical placement. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to find placements for the 400 something students that comprise our nursing school. I don't know about others, but that is not the particular aspect that causes me to complain about organization and communication. THe type of things that drive me bonkers are, to name a few:
First semester, we could not get a correct syllabus to save our lives. They gave us "updated" versions at least five times, and each instructor seemed to provide differing information when we had a question about something in the syllabus.
We had a huge nursing process paper due...up until TWO days before it was due, we received e-mails every few days telling us to take out this part or that part of the guidlines provided, and change it to something else. Just when you thought your paper was written to perfection you would get an "update" from the instructors.
Most of the time, we couldn't even get a straight story on who the heck we were supposed to turn a paper in to, clinical instructor, lab instructor, or lecture instructor.
They know how many students are in our class, yet EVERY lecture day they were short handouts and had to hold up the class to go make more.
EVERY lecture day they stood around for ten-plus minutes trying to figure out how to work the A/V equipment.
Those are some of the things that caused me to label my school "clueless", and cause me to vent now and then. Word is that the junior year runs much more smoothly. Most of the student I have spoken with say that soph. year is just like that for some reason.
Do I love my instructors and think they are a great bunch of nurses, YES. Do I, at times, think they could win the disorganized faculty of the year award? YES! :chuckle