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Anyone out there have any instructors that need to take a chill pill or some Prozac or Estrogen before clinicals? :coollook: :coollook:... Read More

  1. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from Riversong
    My primary instructor this semester is an ex army Major RN, and you can guess what a major pain she is. Tests are destroyed so we can't have copies of the questions to review, (or argue with her about), lectures don't cover the info needed to pass the course, we've lost a third of the students who were accepted because they can't pass, and I'm barely holding on. Always been a good student, but never a mind-reader. I'm learnin' tho'...
    YIKES!! That's the stuff nightmares are made of!
  2. by   RN-BamaStudent
    Yep, our instructors sound the same. I have seen them put down students for asking a simple question. They are rude and know that they can treat you any way they want, because you can't stand up to them like you would in the real world, not if you plan to graduate anyway. I just picture them as drill sgts, because it feels we are in boot camp, and I know the game they are trying to play. They'll try to break you, just to see if they can, because they want only the strongest. It's helped me to think like this when I felt like giving in and giving them a piece of my mind.
  3. by   mikayla
    You guys nailed it, esp you, RN-Bamastudent! I have a hospital instructor who is a trip. She gets in these moods that change like the second hand of a clock. She canbe passive aggressive, and if a student does something that she doesn't like, she may respond much like someone who slams things around, while you're left thinking, "In town, for one night only (insert name here) and the dramatics..." She is old school to the hilt! She THRIVES, I mean THRIVES on people who are afraid of her. I think in any other setting, half of these people would tell her up one side and down another, but unfortunately, here, you have to play the game. I understand that her license is on the line, and I agree that there is a lot of stress involved with looking after so many students and patients, and I appreciate her plethora of knowledge, but she can be hard to deal with. I am ready to get out of this mess, I just hope I come out alright. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with personalities like hers? Some people are DEATHLY afraid of her, and it shows when she talks to them, they are very nervous, and miss details that they probably normally wouldn't have missed, it if weren't for the nervousness. Good luck to anyone who has an instructor like this!
  4. by   Catma63
    Advice? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure. Avoid her! hahaa
    Seriously though, the less you're in her/his sights the better off you are. Do this and also stay as busy as you can during clinicals; no standing in the hall, no hanging around the nurse's station. Stay with her patient(s) as much as possible. A pleased instructor is one who sees her student staying busy.
    That's myyyy advice...haha :-D
    Last edit by Catma63 on Mar 27, '04
  5. by   mikayla
    Quote from Catma63
    Advice? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure. Avoid her! hahaa
    Seriously though, the less you're in her/his sights the better off you are. Do this and also stay as busy as you can during clinicals; no standing in the hall, no hanging around the nurse's station. Stay with her patient(s) as much as possible. A pleased instructor is one who sees her student staying busy.
    That's myyyy advice...haha :-D
    Thanks! That's what I think. For the next few weeks, avoidance will be my speciality. It seems as though it's all about survival now! (oops, I mean learning, and making the most of the experience, did I say survival?) ;-)
  6. by   lilavalady
    i do!!! i am on the last rotation before i graduate and i have gotten good evaluations on every other clinical rotation and my current instructor is making my life a living hell.
    Quote from RicksNurse
    Anyone out there have any instructors that need to take a chill pill or some Prozac or Estrogen before clinicals?
  7. by   lilbiskit78
    Yes I have one like that too! One of my instructors is an ex-Air Force Colonel..no joke....she makes everyone so nervous and she is very very detail oriented. I am too, but not to that extent. We feel like she will keep asking us questions in clinical, making them harder, until we get one wrong! I can deal with her better than some in class though, I lived with a Marine Corps drill instructor for 17 years...my dad!!
  8. by   TinyNurse
    oh yes i had a few of those, but my biggest pet peeve was when i went to start my first IV and the RN said to the instructor, "do you wanna go with her?" and my instructor said " are you kidding? i haven't done one of those in 15 years....." my heart wanted to drop. instructors need to be working in real time!!!!!!!!!!!
    xoxo Jen
  9. by   ejm99
    All you can do is keep up the "chain of command" and complain when your instructors go over the line....

    I had an instructor who refused to allow us to leave the classroom even though the fire alarm went off and the DEAN came on the PA system announcing "this is NOT a test...please exit the building ...there IS a fire"
    Weird enough...but we later found out that her husband had perished in a house fire!

    She was a total wack job....
    she really evened out 2nd semester but by then we had complained and complained about her mood swings...which were UNBELIEVABLE and teaching methods...if you wanna call
    "call the psychic hotline if you want to know what to study" a "method" of reviewing!
    I really truly think they forced her on some meds or something...but it sure was alot more pleasant!
  10. by   Nemhain
    My clinical instructor is great! I've had her twice so far. I think she just might be perfect. She never puts anyone down or attempts to "break" them. She knows everything and is very particular and by-the-book. She certainly isn't easy on us. She won't let a mistake slide by. She will burn a hole through your soul with a stare if you don't know something ridiculously simple that you're supposed to know (example- a classmate didn't know what Sennakot was even though she had given it 3 times!), however, she is full of compliments and praise when you do a good job . I have a lot of respect for her because her method of teaching works. Everyone knows to come to clinical prepared for their assigned pts. She expects that of us and I think that's fair. When we're challenged with something new she's right there to coach us through it. I really am thankful to be in her group.
  11. by   foreverhope
    I guess I am one of the lucky ones because I haven,t had any instructors who like to put you down or see you screw up. Mine have all been very patient and understanding. It is a good thing too because I am one of those students that is just naturely nervous when someone is observing me perform a skill. It doesn't matter how well I know it or how much I practice, I just have a panic-type reaction when they question me. Sometimes it is so bad that I feel like I can't breath. I have to mentally tell remind myself that its just a panic attack to get through it. If I had one of the kind of instructors some of you are describing I don't think I could do it. Ya'll sure have my respect for hanging in there!! :hatparty: :hatparty:

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