Know it all classmates - page 2

Ok Im in my first semester and Im already urked by people. Its mainly people who are currently CNA's making me feel inadequate. When we go to learn a new skill they are used to doing it already on a... Read More

  1. by   FNPhopeful
    Wow, thanks for all the responses. I would have been very grateful to anyone just trying to help me out of the goodness of their heart, trust me. I'd love an inside edge from someone who knew stuff already. But Im talking about people who have the attitude, "dont you know this?" or "your just not doing it right" with an annoyed attitude. Because their bothered we have to even do that particular skill becuase they do it every day at their work.

    In my head Im like" uh nooo Ive never done this before, Im not an expert yet."
  2. by   snowangel3
    then these are just people you should stay away from. these are just people that are going to make you feel inadequate and make the whole experience negative. you dont need any negativity!!! you need to surround your self with positive, and most importantly positive people!! i have a close friend in my program with me and her favorite saying, says it all "together, we can do this!"

    and ps, maybe it wouldnt hurt to remind some of those people that they once needed help too. in my experience, know-it-alls, know very little. m

    remember, if you need any help.....
  3. by   trjohnson0213
    this is my first semester in nursing school and we have a few of them as well i am a cna and i don't a damn thing i have been a cna for about 15 years but i don't know everything but we have the ones in our class that think that because they were cna's that they do but like the others have said before use them to your advantage since they know so much get them to show you what they do know and if that doesn't work ignore them
  4. by   Kiringat
    I think they can be great resources, as long as they don't mind teaching and can leave their egos at ther door. (There are some great ones in my class). All the same, there's nothing like those brief, shining moments when they look just as dumb as you do. :P
  5. by   FNPhopeful
    Quote from Kiringat
    I think they can be great resources, as long as they don't mind teaching and can leave their egos at ther door. (There are some great ones in my class). All the same, there's nothing like those brief, shining moments when they look just as dumb as you do. :P

    :yeahthat:
  6. by   jov
    Quote from moongirl
    I witnessed a STUDENT correct an INSTRUCTOR once.
    What is the problem with this? Aren't we all learning together? Do you still think the instructor is up on some kind of pedestal and can't make mistakes or that they know it all, somehow?
    Today, I corrected my instructor who referred to the sympathetic nervous system as the fight response and the parasympathetic nervous system as the flight response...and several classmates thanked me.
  7. by   FNPhopeful
    Quote from jov
    What is the problem with this? Aren't we all learning together? Do you still think the instructor is up on some kind of pedestal and can't make mistakes or that they know it all, somehow?
    Today, I corrected my instructor who referred to the sympathetic nervous system as the fight response and the parasympathetic nervous system as the flight response...and several classmates thanked me.
    I think its just more of a respect thing.....
  8. by   jov
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    I think its just more of a respect thing.....
    you can correct anyone in a respectful way, whether you are mentoring them or they are your superior. Correcting errors itself is not disrepectful.
  9. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from jov
    you can correct anyone in a respectful way, whether you are mentoring them or they are your superior. Correcting errors itself is not disrepectful.
    I couldn't agree more Jov. Respect is respect, facts are facts....there's no reason in the world that you couldn't respectfully clarify a fact that anyone says (instructor, student, patient, whomever). And I would hope that would hold true whenever someone needs to correct something I say.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  10. by   FNPhopeful
    point taken
  11. by   81ke83
    I am first semester nursing. One of the pre-reqs for nursing one is that you have to be a CNA before you start. Some have more experience than others. But we all had to pass the CNA. Do you have a skills lab that you can practice. We have to be tested on suctioning and catherization, they should be in the same place as you. Our group of 12 help each other and help as much as possible. Especially since we know we are going to be together for the next two years and we worked to hard to get into the program
    :heartbeat
  12. by   JennyRN09
    I was a CNA several years ago and though some of the things are familiar, believe me, I was still asking the nurse instructors for advice and help. There are a few current CNA's in my class. But, remember this, there will come a point, and I feel very soon in the semester when everyone will be at the same learning level. So, don't worry about it. You are NOT inadequate! Just because a CNA happens to know a little more than you right now doesn't mean your less of a student, not at all! Just stick with it and it will become second nature! Good luck!
  13. by   RN/MSN/JD
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Ok Im in my first semester and Im already urked by people. Its mainly people who are currently CNA's making me feel inadequate. When we go to learn a new skill they are used to doing it already on a daily basis and Im learning it for the first time, so it makes me feel should I say "dumb" when these other people can do it flawlessly and Im still going huh? It comes up because usually when we have a skills test its in pairs so they go then you go.
    Im not dumb by any means and I hate feeling that way.
    Do I just need to step it up a knotch to be good at the stuff by the time we get to doing it, or just get over it and learn along with everyone else?
    Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this, Im sure most RN classes have alot of CNA's.
    Im normally pretty soft spoken and introverted so Im thinking its just my own complex. But I hate feeling inadequate. Im hoping nursing makes me tough.
    Rest assured that what the CNA's know is only the very basic level of skills. Once you get more into areas that require critical thinking, they will be no better than you. Some may even be a lot worse because they will have entered the program thinking they know everything.

    Also, you need to be wary of what they have to 'teach' you. Nursing school is teaching you the IDEAL way of doing things. People in the REAL world are often using techniques which are not theoretically sound.

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