Questions for Nursing Students - page 4

I would like your opinion on some questions, so I can get a nursing student point of view! I am new to teaching nursing students, and desperately want to do a good job. I've received good reviews... Read More

  1. by   mamajapko
    I just graduated this fall and the best instructor I had left time for a quick review after her lecture. She had everyone write 2 questions about the subject she had just lectured on: it could be one for further details or something that wasn't covered. She picked up all the questions and had us get into groups of 4 and gave us each one of the cards. We then had to research the questions if we didn't know the answer. After about 10 min we read the questions and had to give the answers. The whole class benefited from this system.

    PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, use as many illustrations as possible in your Powerpt presentations. I have found many excellent pictures on medline plus encyclopedia and the internet.

    During clinicals, please be patient and let the student prepare the meds without rushing, inform students what nursing interventions take priority over others and give gentle reminders when students forget to do something.
    Thanks for asking!
  2. by   Deliasgone
    1. What have your clinical instructors done to enhance your learning during clinicals? Especially clinicals that didn't offer much in the way of practicing skills ( such as low chance for IV's, dressings, etc).

    I can say that I've had pretty boring clinical experiences so far. So far the only thing I've gotten to do is give SQ injections and bed baths. I really feel like I've missed out compared to my classmates who had different clinical instructors. That being said, give your students interesting patients or if one student seems to be stuck in a bed-bath rut, see if they can help or look on with any interesting procedures with their classmates.

    2. What techniques have your teachers used to help lecture be less boring, but still provide you with the needed information?

    Please, please try to limit powerpoint. Too many instructors rely on powerpoint and it gets droll. The classes that really stood out for me were the ones where we did a quick review of the reading we were assigned and then broke off in groups to do ase studies. Real-life examples are excellent, too. It is always easier for me to recall material if I can visualize it.

    3. What would you like us (meaning nursing instructors) to know that would help you excel in your learning?

    Be there for us academically as well as personally. There have been so many students (myself included) who have had so many issues this past semester and it was nice to know that our instuctors cared enough to ask what was going on in our lives and to offer in the very least a kind smile
    Don't make us feel silly if we ask silly questions.
    Don't act superior. I know that you are an instructor and that deserves respect but one thing that has really, really bothered me has been instructors (gen ed as well as nsg) that have mad me feel like they are superior to me because they are an instructor and I am a lowly ADN student. One Bio teacher got so bad that I very nearly went to his dept head. In the end I just had a meeting with him and proceeded to explain to him that not only was his attitude unflattering (he began the first day going on and on about his master's degree and how he commands respect because of said degree, etc.) but it also made his students afraid to approach him for the help they so desperately needed. I was shaking the whole time because he was an intimidating fellow, but in the end he must have paid some attention to me because he was a little warmer to his class after that talk.

    4. This is just something I have wondered, but never asked any of my students... As you can see from my info, I'm pretty young compared to most nursing instructors and I look younger than what I really am. Someimes I see it as a positive, other times as a hindrance. What would be some of your FIRST impressions of a nursing instructor who was young? Meaning, what things roll across your mind when you walk into that first class or your first clinical and the person who says she is your instructor looks like she barely graduated high school, much less college? I feel very confident in my knowledge level and ability, but I do get some odd looks in the beginning and have always wondered, "What they are thinking?"

    I really don't care if you look young. If you are a competent nurse and instructor I don't see how it should matter. I think that it will really just depend on how you present yourself to your class. If you come across as being "better-than-thou" (see above answer) then you will meet resistance from your students. I know that I have a hard time with that attitude, especially from somebody younger than me. However, if you come across as being caring and knowledgeable you will have the utmost respect from your class.
  3. by   AmyORlpn
    1. what have your clinical instructors done to enhance your learning during clinicals? especially clinicals that didn't offer much in the way of practicing skills ( such as low chance for iv's, dressings, etc).
    i'm currently enrolled in an lpn program, in my second term. i won't start clinicals for another couple of weeks. i'll be back with suggestions then...lol

    2. what techniques have your teachers used to help lecture be less boring, but still provide you with the needed information?
    i love power point. my instructor always does group discussion, which is great. she will give us case studies and then we will discuss and come up with a care plan.

    3. what would you like us (meaning nursing instructors) to know that would help you excel in your learning?
    i would like for my instructor a little bit more about me as a person.....ie, family life, work experiences, work load........any many more......a more personal level.


    4. this is just something i have wondered, but never asked any of my students... as you can see from my info, i'm pretty young compared to most nursing instructors and i look younger than what i really am. someimes i see it as a positive, other times as a hindrance. what would be some of your first impressions of a nursing instructor who was young? meaning, what things roll across your mind when you walk into that first class or your first clinical and the person who says she is your instructor looks like she barely graduated high school, much less college? i feel very confident in my knowledge level and ability, but i do get some odd looks in the beginning and have always wondered, "what they are thinking?"
    in my experience, i've worked around (a couple) of young nurses, which were very smart, they knew their stuff, but they were not too people smart (meaning they didn't like to communicate, and if they do they were rude.)
    i would just say if you relate to your students on a very positive level (and laugh). you will be fine.
    i have a gal who is older than i (i'm 26) who really thinks she knows everything because of her age but i have gotten better grades than her.

    girl strut your stuff and do your best (at any age)!!!!!!!



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