I agree with Whispera, that if it's a few students leaving negative feedback about your performance as an instructor it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, if you're noticing or have been notified that over half (or more)students are reporting that they encountered some difficulty with you and have made the effort to notate that
on your evaluation - then this is something I would pay attention to.
It shouldn't however be interpreted as a signal that you need to alter your treatment of students (IE, inflating grades, dolling out glowing reviews and praise that is unwarranted, etc.), rather; use this information as a sign that you might be a little on the ''harder'' side. There is nothing WRONG with being a difficult instructor. Many of my instructors in
LPN school were _VERY_ difficult, but I loved
them for it. I learned the most from them.
My advice for a ''harder'' clinical instructor; not every student has a hard shell. Some very sensitive, emotional, touchy people are student nurses, I think they're drawn to the profession because they like to help people. One student may take your criticism as constructive and use it accordingly, while another may take it as a personal attack. One student may have received a lower grade for a clinical session or specific task and it acts to exacerbate their low self confidence - where another student admits that their performance has led to the lower grade.
You sound like a _really good_ instructor, honestly I wish there were more like you out there. There are some nasty, rotten instructors out there lurking around. Some of them like to target students they ''feel'' shouldn't be nurses (with no
hard evidence to support their ''feeling''(IE, incompetent performance, med errors, etc)), some of them don't like ''male nurses'' and don't think men should be part of the profession, some of them have very big ego problems.
You, sound like you are doing just fine