I rarely lose my cool, but it happened in the lab this week at the beginning of the summer clinical session. Our new instructor is an "old school" RN who's been a nurse for 30 years. Everyone in our group likes her teaching style because she's been showing us a few alternative (and easier) techniques to maneuver the equipment used in some of the more complicated skills and how to do them better than some of the methods shown in the skills book. She plays Devil's Advocate against herself while she demos the skills according to the way the skills book says they should be done, just to show us that in certain real life scenarios the textbook theory stuff isn't necessarily the most practical or the most efficient method to get the job done. You might think that an experienced RN would know more about these things than a nursing student, right?
Well, not according to one really arrogant know-it-all student, who's been determined from the first day of nursing school
to prove that she is the nursing diva who knows the skills better than everyone else. This girl isn't even in our clinical group but she always presents herself in the lab and spends a lot of her time criticizing everything the other students are doing. A small group of us were in the lab practicing new skills on a dummy, and of course, she invites herself over and starts telling us that the methods our instuctor showed us are incorrect and that we should step aside and watch her do it. She then proceeded to take over the equipment began to demonstrate her proficiency. Everyone else was cool about it but I took exception to her rudeness, and I took her to task.
I went head-to-head with her on several points during her little "presentation" when I pointed out that she had violated a number of basic safety protocols, like leaving the bed in the high position with the siderail down while she walked away to go put on gloves. She also contaminated herself while setting up for a sterile procedure but continued the procedure anyway. I also pointed out to her that she didn't check the dummy's armband or the MAR before she began, that she didn't perform important parts of the assessment, and that she had the pt in the wrong position for the procedure. She got really angry after that and tried to start an argument. I told her to just shut up and back off and let us do our thing, and she walked away with her tail between her legs. I'm not usually that aggressive, but I felt that it was time somebody reminded her that she's still a student just like the rest of us.
May 15, '04
I had a guy like this in my anatomy class who tried to dissect everyone's cat for them. He was so irritating and I finally got in a verbal tussle with him one day. Even though everybody knew he was a know-it-all, it still made me look bad.
So a few days later he comes over, acting like the instructor, and starts to show me how to find the sartorius (sp?) muscle. I looked at him calmly and said, "Excuse me, fellow student. When I want help I will ask for Dr. Hill's expertise, not yours. I have a feeling he knows quite a bit more than you do. Thank you for your concern, but leave me alone and worry about your own damn cat. It looks like it's been torn apart by Edward Scissorhands!"
Okay, it wasn't the most graceful of responses...but the whole class heard it and broke into applause!
Better yet, he left me alone for the rest of that class, and the next semester when we had physiology.
Last edit by Star Trek Nerd on May 15, '04
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