Is it what you expected?

  1. Hi, I am a junior in college(nursing school) i would like everyone's opinion whether nursing school turned out to be what they expected. The school(which shall be nameless) dissappointed me in a couple of ways... I wanted more clinical experience and more help from the clinical instructor who seemed to throw us out in the "jungle" alone. I am happy to be at the school( i'm going for BSN) and it is nice learning about different things such as care plans but i still feel that I will never be confident or ready for my clinical experience after graduation!

    p.s. some(not all)instructors are really mean as if their goal is to not see you make it! does anyone have the same experience?


    Sweetvi!
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  3. by   JennieBSN
    Whoa. Flashback! I'm 4 years out of nursing school, but I can definitely relate to the evil instructors out to crush fledgling nurses bit. We had a few, but fortunately, they liked me because I stayed out of their way and did EXACTLY what they told me to do. Some of my classmates were not so fortunate. Funny you should mention the clinical thing...I was just e-mailing someone else about how most BSN programs DO lack in the clinical arena, but mine didn't. I went to a really good BSN program, and got tons of clinical. Don't worry, whatever you don't get in school, you'll get at the bedside once you graduate. I can't, however, relate to it not being what I expected. I got chills and teary-eyed on my first day of nursing school, I was so happy. It stayed that way. My program was great. Just keep telling yourself, 'one more year, one more year.' You'll be okay. Remember that once you graduate, you can choose a nice unit with good nurses and you'll remember once again why you became a nurse in the first place!

  4. by   Genista
    I remember how that feels! We did two 8 hr clinicals a week, but I did not feel clinically confident. I felt like I needed more experience than what I was getting through nursing school.

    I did some investigating, and discovered that my college offered an extra-curricular program for student nurses called the "Rural Nursing Preceptorship Program." In this program, I worked (unpaid volunteer for college credit) as a "nursing intern" during the summer in a small rural hospital.

    Knowing that I needed more foundation skills, the nursing unit I chose was med/surg.Though, other "interns" chose other specialties that interested them. I had an RN preceptor, who out of the goodness of her heart...let me work w/ her on med/surg as a "student nurse" on all her shifts.

    It really helped boost my confidence. There was time to practice lots of things. You might want to look into it @ your school.If not, you will have to dive right in after you graduate...and as an RN, you will quickly get lots of practice on the floors! LOL :-) Good luck!
  5. by   Genista
    PS- Did you know that the Mayo Clinic has a nursing preceptorship program? The Program is called "Summer III." According to the web site, there is a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida (I don't know if the program if offered there, or only at the one in Rochester, Minnesota). Anyway, here's the link, in case you are interested:
    http://www.mayo.edu/career/summer3/sum3_page1_1.html

    [This message has been edited by kona2 (edited March 17, 2001).]
  6. by   Michelle_nurse
    I am graduating and I have had almost a dozen teachers, over the last 6 semesters of school.
    I had one teacher at the beginning of this rotation who was UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just the tone of voice, the lack of facial expression, and condescending attitude makes me cringe!!!!!
    I was lucky to have lost her as a teacher by fluke, they put me in another group, (for other reasons...administration).
    I was not sleeping ever, cause I was treading the time I would be in contact with her. I had nausea all the time.
    She was this way with everyone, even other teachers have "issues" with her.
    She has made all 7 of us (from that group) cry......she simply had knowledge, was well educated, but had no people skills.
    Students do not learn in those conditions!

    Due to her hardened personality, she in consequence made me want to show her.....her hurtful ways did NOT get to me. I was not myself, and yes they did get to me.

    She asked me why I was "defensive" all the time, another attack......I am not a defensive person, Maybe I felt that I had to defend my rationales, because she was big on misinterpreting. It felt like she didn't believe anything I said. For example, I would explain procedures to my patient, she would then walk in.....I would start procedure and in front of the patient, say "Don't you have to explain what you are doing????" in a nasty tone of voice. (patient who doesn't talk much). When telling her, I already did explain....it seemed like I was covering up my mistake, since she didn't seem to believe me. (non verbal communication).
    I am sure 1 or 2 out of my old group may have failed.

    Today was the last day, The new teacher that I ended up getting was the complete opposite.
    I passed my rotation and don't have to deal with that rotten teacher ever again.....(in clinical). We need to feel free to ask questions and not be scared of self esteem harm, good teachers are the ones that want to help and are patient and have proper guidance.

    I have had some really good teachers and some TERRIBLE ones, but thank God, I had more good than bad. Teachers have different approaches.......and some work better on some students than others.

    Cheers to all the good teachers out there!!

  7. by   DaltaBanaltra
    Yes- I'm in a 4 year program in NY state and I HATE it. So do most of my classmates. But I'm convinced it will be worth it when we're done!

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