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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).
One thing is make sure you let the charge nurse on the clinical unit know that if any experiences come up on the floor, that you would like your nursing students to watch/participate. Don't limit them to just their assigned patient. Also, spread out skills opportunities evenly. If one student gets the opportunity to do three IV starts but another student doesn't get even one chance, then that isn't fair. If you have really slow days let your students travel through the hospital or go off the floor with their pt for dialysis/CT/Cath lab, etc. Case studies are great to do as a group, verbally to keep down on the perceived 'busy work' but to get them to use their noggin's.
2. What techniques have your teachers used to help lecture be less boring, but still provide you with the needed information?
I love Power Points. They are so much more pleasant to read than your typical typed notes. Also, the less notes you have to take in class the more of your attention can be devoted to the instructor and comprehension of material, vs. getting lists of s/sx, worrying about spelling
meds you've never heard of, etc. Bring equipment to class when discussing things: chest tube systems, CVP systems, Peritoneal dialysis bags, trachs, etc. Give a mini review at the end of lecture by just quizzing them on what if scenarios or little important facts from the notes. Nobody is asking you to give the test away but reinforcement is a critical part of learning, and nursing instructors tend to shy away from that.
3. What would you like us (meaning nursing instructors) to know that would help you excel in your learning?
Sometimes students that are held to such high standards are afraid to ask questions for fear of looking incompetent. Encourage questions and always answer each question with a non judgemental attitude, no matter how basic the concept may seem to you. Also, give positive feedback. A little encouragement can do loads for self-esteem and confidence which can improve clinical performance. A lot of NS know the right thing to do for their pt but don't trust their own judgement and are intimidated by the nursing instructors.
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?"
Most of my nursing instructors were close to retirement. I had a few CIs that were in there early thirties. I would be more skeptical of having an instructor who was younger simply because my first question would be, "does he/she have enough experience to adequately train me?" So I can see that being an issue with gaining your students trust. ***This is just my honest thoughts on the subject in response to your question, and in no way am I trying to imply that a younger instructor, or you specifically, is not competent enough to be a nursing instructor*** Just be kind and firm. Don't blur the lines between the student teacher relationship even if most of your students are your age or older. Don't let students push you around or make you upset. Be professional at all times.