Why are nursing instructors so intimidating? - page 3

by beeenieweeenie, RN 8,227 Views | 50 Comments

Why do nursing instructors feel the need to be so intimidating and humiliating? I am really struggling with this in my nursing class. Is there a good reason for this that I am just not getting yet? I was in a BSN program... Read More


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    this is going to sound terrible, but i wish each semester for a drill seargant CI.

    the students in my class (which is very small) have been allowed to get away with pretty much whatever. many of them scare me and if they were ever my loved one's nurse or my nurse i would go running for the hills.

    they have been slapped on the wrist and passed through. med errors have been made and covered up. they take two hour breaks. "i forgot" care plans were due today, and its ok. it drives me crazy.

    i just wish i could borrow one of these instructors. i wish someone would push harder. while i am not condoning intimidating or bad CI behavior, i wish i had an instructor who asked 1000 questions and kept us on our toes. we are graduating in 3 months, and we have students starting IV's bevel down and hanging medications that cannot complete the drug calculations correctly. students who think peridex is ok to flush a g-tube with. students who forgot thats it is not ok to mix lantus with regular insulin.

    someone should have ridden them harder, but they didnt, and now they will be allowed to test for licensure as a nurse. the world needs more battle axe CI's....
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    Quote from flightnurse2b
    this is going to sound terrible, but i wish each semester for a drill seargant CI.

    the students in my class (which is very small) have been allowed to get away with pretty much whatever. many of them scare me and if they were ever my loved one's nurse or my nurse i would go running for the hills.

    they have been slapped on the wrist and passed through. med errors have been made and covered up. they take two hour breaks. "i forgot" care plans were due today, and its ok. it drives me crazy.

    i just wish i could borrow one of these instructors. i wish someone would push harder. while i am not condoning intimidating or bad CI behavior, i wish i had an instructor who asked 1000 questions and kept us on our toes. we are graduating in 3 months, and we have students starting IV's bevel down and hanging medications that cannot complete the drug calculations correctly. students who think peridex is ok to flush a g-tube with. students who forgot thats it is not ok to mix lantus with regular insulin.

    someone should have ridden them harder, but they didnt, and now they will be allowed to test for licensure as a nurse. the world needs more battle axe CI's....
    And people criticize me when they think my posts are too harsh! I've seen the damage some of these students do when they get jobs.
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    I am with the mind set that I prefer strict instructors that push their students to be and do the very best possible.

    I personally look at it as a challenge.
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    Quote from BeverlynBama
    I am with the mind set that I prefer strict instructors that push their students to be and do the very best possible.

    I personally look at it as a challenge.
    I agree with you, though it took me a bit to realize that. My CNA clinical instructor was SO easy on us, and while I'll admit it was nice, those were skills that were easy to learn and didn't require nearly as much responsibility as the duties of a nurse.

    She was a very nice instructor, but I sincerely hope my instructors for LVN and RN when I get there are harder on us than that and make sure we really know our stuff. Though I could do without yelling.
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    There's a huge difference between a horrible/"likes to flunk students" instructor and a tough instructor. HUGE

    I love tough classes, always have. My favorite class ever in college was Earth Science. Every test was brutal. We had to memorize massive amounts of information, and there were no multiple choice questions. 100 questions on each test. A review before each test that gave us all a rough idea of what would be on the test, but it would cover ATLEAST three times the material that was actually tested. It was VERY hard. The subject itself was not something that I was ever interested in. BUT... along with these tough tests, our teacher gave us every tool we needed to make the grade. If we did not get it, it was because we did not work hard enough, not because we couldnt. There was never a need to ask him for extra help, because he provided everything we could possibly need. Granted, it would have been 'easier' if he had narrowed down what we studied or whatever, but then we would not have learned nearly as much.

    What made this class so memorable though? Every day he greeted us with a smile. Every topic he shared with us, he thoroughly enjoyed. He shared parts of himself, his past experiences, his philosophies, and really helped us LIVE the content by his enthusiasm for it. He instilled in us an interest in a topic that most of us could have been bored to tears by. And when we passed those tests... when I walked out of that class with a solid A... I felt great about it. I EARNED THAT A. And that was what made it special.

    This semester, I have a math teacher who is known through the school for being "scary". He is really tough. But what sets him apart in a negative way is the way that he treats his students... his utter lack of respect and speaking to people as though they were six and just stupid for not understanding what he is talking about. I overheard a student telling him she was thinking of dropping his class because she was not comprehending it and he did not say "lets see what resources you could use to help you understand" or "maybe I can sit with you blah blah blah or so and so is at the student lab and can help tutor you in math" or ANYTHING. Do you know what he said? "ok" thats it. He saw a student that clearly needed help, and refused to put himself out there. He took over for our other teacher half way through and 2 students dropped w/in 2 classes of it. For the record, I have somewhere between a 97 and a 100 for my grade so far this year (1 test left to grade plus the final and our writing assignment) so its not personal. It just goes to show the difference between a "good" tough and a "bad" tough. I've had a class in my favorite subject of the time (Computers) be so dumbed down and such an easy A that I almost complained to the school too, but this is getting a bit long already.

    I just pray that the students in my class are interested in working together instead of against eachother... or at the very least are able to leave me out of the drama if they have to have it.
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    Some nursing instructors feel as though they can "weed out" the students who don't have what it takes to survive in the field.
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    the sad fact of reality is that some nurses eat their young! others have realized that you are the person who will be taking care of them during their twighlight years. think about that will you...who do you want to take care of you? the student who "just had fun and got by" or the student who was pushed and expected to be the best. personally, if your not on the top of your game and are not prepared, i am sure that instructors is hoping for a quick ending instead of a bafoon to take care them. the best thing you can learn in the field of nursing is confidence if you do not have that in yourself, your patient will know it and so will those around you!! people prefer confindence in what you are about to do, instead of what should i have done.
    Last edit by p2o8 on Aug 8, '08 : Reason: oops
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    Update: I made it through the rest of the semester with the old woman and now have the best clinical instructor ever.

    While she would never let us get away without being prepared and knowing our stuff, she doesn't not intimidate us or try to make us feel stupid. She helps out when we need it without yelling at us and she instills confidence in her students.

    I have learned more from this instructor than any other instructor I have had and now I am actually starting to feel like a real nurse.

    Just proves my point that you don't have be a complete ***** to teach nursing and have your students actually learn something.
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    I really can't say why they are the way they are.I have had plenty of teachers (not nursing) who were very kind,and left a lasting impression on me.I do think it is possible to be kind and stern at the same time.There is no need to belittle and humiliate anyone.I find that I just yes ma them all day long....lol.If it makes them feel good, so be it.I know what my goal is and I wouldn't let anyone get in the way of that.I will say this, once I am done with school I would not subject myself to the abuse in my place of business. But you are right beenwee there is no need for it.I mean we are supposed to be compassionate people in the feild.I think that compassion should also be found in the classroom.
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    You think instructors are bad... wait until you have a Doctor yell at you.


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