I have been an educator at many levels and in different settings...from CNA to ADN to BSN and from LTC facilities to academia at the community college to university. I have returned to a part time position for preparation of BSN students. All of the things that I did not like about nursing education are haunting me today. I love being with the students and I have really enjoyed them. But, what bothers me the most is that it seems that compared to most of the nurses that I have worked with, nurse educators seem to be the most disorganized and very poor communicators. It is frustrating to try and work with someone to be consistent for a course and I prefer not to team teach. However, I am currently doing so for two courses.
I am very frustrated right now as I do not know how to encourage others to communicate and be consistent with the overall plan. I am mostly frustrated because I know that all of this inefficiency is adding to my students' frustration level...quite simply, they don't need that stress added to what they already have on board. I have made it clear to both of the other faculty and the Dean that our communication with one another must improve...but, it still has not occurred and we began the semester on August 25th.
I am curious what tactics other Deans or faculty members have used to encourage the faculty to work closer and more effectively together. I also would like to know your opinions on why there are so many ineffective nurse educators out there...the students are fully aware of it as well. This is my opinion...many nurse educators did not take the Education track in their Masters' program and they quite simply, do not know how to teach. I also believe that some educators were born to teach. I constantly am trying to break down concepts so that the student can understand them and it is very trying at times. For one of my courses, I am the clinical instructor and the students informed me that the lead instructor sits and reads from her notes while she lectures and it is not a distance education course. For me personally, I know that when I read my notes or stay at the podium constantly, it means that I don't know the material well enough and I have more research to do...
I also would like to understand why it is that we make things so very difficult on students...there is so much content and they cannot specialize in every course we teach...there is never enough time. I do know that nursing education regardless of what level it is, needs some drastic changes. In my personal opinion, we should make the entry level into practice a BSN but I would like to see the reality of the program be a combination of the diploma and baccalaureate education.
I appreciate your comments and the time to allow me to vent....