Know it all classmates - page 3

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   StudentNurseAbby
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    Last edit by StudentNurseAbby on Sep 9, '06
  2. by   firstaiddave907
    Quote from snowangel3
    hello, i am also in my 1st semester adn, i was never a cna but i was a medical asst for 7 years. i am very familiar with many of the skills that we are learning about. i try very hard not to come across as know it all, but i do try to help my classmates as much as possible with things that can sometimes be tricky...like blood pressures, injections, but in a helpful way. like saying, "this really works for me if i do it this way..." just remember, everyone was once in your shoes and didnt know what the heck they were doing!! no one thinks you are dumb and if they do, then you should stay away from them any way, they are going to make your experience a negative thing, and we dont need any extra stress!! just take it one day at a time and you'll do great, but remember to ask for help and make sure you are learning the right way. many people out in the field develop bad habits that they are going to have to re-learn!! (believe me, i know!) i am also available to talk or write you thru anything you need help on! just make sure you get the most learning out of this experience that you can! this is the only first semester we will have so we should make it what we want it to be...which is great! m
    thats a very good point you made.
  3. by   TheCoppertop
    We have a total know it all in our class, she is constantly "adding on" to what the instructor teaches us.. her experience? No she's never worked with patients, her MOM is a nurse, this is what she keeps telling us. My mom is a nurse practitioner but does anyone there know that? No, because I lay low and keep my mouth shut lol. The instructor already gets a pained look on her face every time our know-it-all starts saying "just to add on to that..." heh. Today we were learning to take blood pressure our know it all skipped out early without trying it because she already knows how to do it, just watch for the needle to jump. Our instructor told us (after she left) that she will be watching and listening in to make sure we don't go by the needle jumping as it is not always accurate.

    We also have 3 CNAs in our class and they have been nothing but helpful and kind whether we're in lab or clinical.
  4. by   supermo
    As a CNA I try really hard not to come off as a know-it-all. I do volunteer to make a fool out of myself as the guinea pig in class, A LOT. I do throw suggestions in just to help out my group members when we do labs. I hope I don't seem like I know it all because I know I don't. I look like a big ol' dummy as much as everybody else, well except for the CMA that knows everything and (I quote) "was basically the nurse (insert little hand motion quotes) for a family practice doctor for 6 years."

    In my class we have 2 students who feel like they have to contribute to
    e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e conversation or lecture. They failed fundamentals last semester. I don't think that they are the most accurate source of information.............

    As everyone has said, we'll all be on equal footing very soon. Good luck to us all!
  5. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    I think its just more of a respect thing.....
    Yeah, but if they were telling everyone the wrong thing, then the students would have went home and studied it wrong though.

    You can always correct someone respectfully. I would have just asked about it and I'm sure the instructor would have caught her mistake.
  6. by   Pbelle
    I worked as an LPN in a GI practice with an MA who had, as she told me repeatedly "10 years of experience". Yeah, 10 years of being a know-it-all; she's in RN school now, and it took everything I had to bite my tongue instead of saying to her the umpteenth time she mentioned her experience "yeah, and now you'll be at the beginning like everybody else". Figured I'd take the high road.

    Avoid these people at all costs - stick with the CNAs/MAs that help you out. There is a wonderful gal in my 4th semester clinical group that is an MA, and I think the world of her - very helpful and positive. As a previous poster stated, eventually everyone will work up to their level of incompetence (the Peter Principal). Good luck!
  7. by   pissa
    May I ask a question? The age of yours in the forums is your really age?
    Students in our country are not so old as you are, or you have work for a period of time and then go to nursing school?
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from pissa
    May I ask a question? The age of yours in the forums is your really age?
    Students in our country are not so old as you are, or you have work for a period of time and then go to nursing school?
    I'm not the one you asked....but I'm pretty old as well In the US you can go to school at anytime in your life, of course we need to pay for it (or find some sort of financial aid).

    I did go to college for a few semesters right after high school, but I had no idea what I wanted to accomplish there....so in the end, I accomplished very little. I've had a career as a technology professional but now want to get into nursing, so I'm going back to school. It's not uncommon here in the states at all.

    Hope that's the information you're looking for.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  9. by   pissa
    some is usefull for me,thank you .
  10. by   81ke83
    Nursing is one profession that accepts people of all ages. Prior to attending nursing school and currently I work for a Hotel, I do all of the bookkeeping and am the assistant manager. In my nursing class of sixty there is probably 10 people that are between 40-55. 20 people between 25-40. The rest are under 25. There are probably 5 men in that 60. Usually there are more. I find that older students spend more time on there studies. That isn't always true. One of the things that comes with age is more real life situations. My decision to go into nursing is that as an older person there are jobs readily available in any type of nursing. I can get a job anywhere I live. Hope that helps........
    Kay
  11. by   Pbelle
    I spent 20 years in sales and marketing, even rode the wave of e-commerce at it's peak, before I re-entered school to become a nurse. I was 40 at the time. Always had an interest in medicine, but never pursued it until then. Glad I waited, since I wasn't ready to be a nurse at 24!
  12. by   pissa
    Thank you for all what you said.
  13. by   teresaden
    We had an experienced nursing-home CNA in my first semester of nursing school, not only did she skip out on skills, lectures were missed and she was lax at clinical as well. Unfortunately for her, she thought it would be a piece of cake, and was wrong, because the difference between a nurse and an aide is the aide does the skills and the RN knows the rationale for them. Needless to say, she failed clinical AND theory, and I really did feel sorry for her. I went to work as an CNA myself at the end of my first semester. What a bonus this has been in helping me with time management.
    A sidebar: I am now an RN on the same floor where I was an aide. I respect my aides, and they respect me as well. Any nurse who doesn't respect her aides and what she can learn from them is a fool (just a general statement, not implying anyone here said that). It is also mutually satisfying when I can pass along some rationale to the aides for the tasks they perform. I feel like I'm giving back for what they've taught me, and they get more satisfaction out of performing the task. They are our eyes and ears ALOT of the time, letting them know how valuable their work is to me makes them much more open to asking me questions and letting me know subtleties that I may have missed in my assessment.

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