Why are nursing instructors so intimidating? - page 4

by beeenieweeenie, RN | 8,447 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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    I agree, don't let them get you down. I am grateful because all of my instructors are awesome and very easy to approach. Just remember the goal and try to look past them
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    I think they do it because they can and most enjoy it. I understand that we hold lives in our hands, but if they teach us with respect, I'll learn so much more.

    C'mon, if your boss ever treated you the way so many instructors do, there would be an abundance of lawsuits out there. During clinical I've seen previous nursing students actually tell one particularly Jekyll and Hyde type instructor how awful they were and that they would prefer the instructor not engage in small talk with them. No use trying to be buddy buddy when they made it so horrible. She really was Jekyll & Hyde, you never knew which one would come out and why and when. It was a nightmare!
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    Well I'm sure everyone gave their two cents to 'toughen up' but have you ever thought about speaking up?

    In my CNA program I had a RN instructor who had a strong way of talking to just about everyone, but it didn't sit so well with a few and they simply told her that the way she was handling them felt demeaning instead of constructive criticism.

    In the end she explained to them that she was tough on us because it'd just better help prepare us. No one is going to really pamper you when you go into the medical field and yes, instructors are under stress to help you pass to - it reflects on them, you reflect on their ability to work if they turn out good students.

    Everyone has a way of learning and before you go saying you can't learn her way.. Well then you will have to toughen up or speak up and voice it.
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    Quote from mintygirl
    Well I'm sure everyone gave their two cents to 'toughen up' but have you ever thought about speaking up?

    In my CNA program I had a RN instructor who had a strong way of talking to just about everyone, but it didn't sit so well with a few and they simply told her that the way she was handling them felt demeaning instead of constructive criticism.

    In the end she explained to them that she was tough on us because it'd just better help prepare us. No one is going to really pamper you when you go into the medical field and yes, instructors are under stress to help you pass to - it reflects on them, you reflect on their ability to work if they turn out good students.

    Everyone has a way of learning and before you go saying you can't learn her way.. Well then you will have to toughen up or speak up and voice it.

    I've seen one student in all of my clinical days speak up, she wasn't around to finish the clinical. I would never speak up to my CI unless she misunderstood something. I actually want to finish and pass. Usually most of my fellow students just take it and cross out one more day on their calendar. Most of us tend to just get through it.
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    Two words: EGO TRIP

    Being mean, nasty, sarcastic to students, do not make them better nurses and has no place in a professional setting.

    The instructors need to lead by example.
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    wow daytonite---what a response-but i agree with the rest a unprofessional instructor can make you question yourself (what the h--l am i doing here) as you see I have three such instructor but iam a firm believer in karma--what goes around comes around and my instructors times are coming..there is no need to talk about the students (like how stupid they are) play favorites to some and to hell with the rest..BUT AS you see these unprofessional instructors are NOT going to get me down..I will beat them at their game...
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    Now, my first semester of LPN school, for clinical I had a woman who was NOTORIOUS. And believe you me, she lived up to that reputation. She was beyond hard, she was sadistic, she was verbally and emotionally abusive. That was one extreme- she actually got fired because enough students complained and finally one other instructor dropped in on clinical and witnessed it herself. This was a year or so after I graduated, but I got it from a student I was hosting for peds clinical.

    So by the end of that clinical I was really licking my wounds with a chip on my shoulder. Knowing that it was going to be even worse from there. Well, no, not to that caliber, but the instructors were intimidating. One instructor pretty much put you on her black list if you screwed up even the simplest thing. If you were late for a med pass, you failed. It sounds harsh, but you know, it's life. One poster said if you think it's bad to have an instructor yell at you- try having an MD or NP, PA, chew you out. It's not yet happened to me, but the PNP I work with is VERY demanding and intimidating, but I love working with her, and she loves working with me, I bring my infant son to see her. No matter where you work, clinic, hospital, LTC, you are expected to be on top of things and to be confident. Doctors won't put up with the bare minimum.

    And I work with some resident docs too. Now they've told me some stories about mean instructors in med school- HO HO HO! That's some harsh stuff there. :uhoh21:
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    To get you ready for the real world. Just wait till you get the patient from hell. Or have to call the MD in the middle of the night. You will think your instructor was a peach!
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    you and the rest of the nursing world have robably left a class saying the same thing to themselves, theres quite a big similarity to military boot camp and nursing school if you think about it. Outside of the physical aspect, its like the last class an instructor has to take is ***** 101. Try to be a fly on the wall and annunciate when talking lol


    ..good luck
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    Quote from lil' girl
    To get you ready for the real world. Just wait till you get the patient from hell. Or have to call the MD in the middle of the night. You will think your instructor was a peach!
    I am an adult and have worked in the real world long enough to know what difficult people are like. I've been on the receiving end of a MD's rant several times when I had to call them in the middle of the night while working for the answering service.

    Anyway, I have now graduated and just took my NCLEX yesterday. I made it through the crazy woman's rotation and had two of the best nursing instructors ever. Tough, yes, but never intimidating. Learned MUCH more from them than the other one, and they were both excellent nurses and I will follow their examples.


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