Several of my classmates and I are becoming increasingly frusturated with our educational program. Our skills course is worth 2 credits. There are multiple reading to do each week and objectives to help focus us. There are skills videos that show how to complete the skills but these are sub par at best. I feel like skills needs to have a lecture component to help us understand everything rather have to teach it all to ourselves. I also believe these need to be demo'd to us in person so we can have a better view/ can have all of our questions answered.
The lab portion of our class is supposed to be 1 hour 50 minuets, but after the 2 instructors (for a class of 20) explain what to do at the bedsides/ anser any questions there is only about 75 minutes left to complete 5-10 scenarios. It is very difficult to get their attention during lab as there are so many students with questions, so we cannot get the whole skill to watched to ensure we are doing it properly.
In addition, anxiety levels are sky rocketing with upcoming skill demos (we get one random IV med thing and one skill like complex dressingh change, chest tube drain set up, trach suctioning etc) and if we make one mistake we fail.
how are your skills classes set up? What do you think makes it conducive/ not conducive to learning?
Jan 24, '13
by Stephalump, RN
For each skill we're assigned reading out of our clinical book. Then we do some activities and quizzes on the companion website. And finally, we go to lab. We spend 2 hours in lab a week. Usually half of that time is spent with a little lecture on the skill and a demo by the instructor and half the time is spent practicing on the mannequins. We also have an open lab set up where we can practice all of our skills before our final exam.
If we seem to be really struggling with a skill, our instructors will require us to work privately with one of our lab directors until we've gotten it down. They don't expect perfection in check-offs (they're really just saying that we're safe enough to practice in clinical with our CI) but they expect us to be safe and knowledgable about what we SHOULD be doing.
Last edit by Stephalump on Jan 24, '13