Nurse Educator Opinions - page 3

by barb4575

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Well, here I sit after having given two lectures on: Nursing Process and Cardiac plus one two hour review...I have given the test to the foundations class and the spread looks good. However, I can see a few trends: *some... Read More


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    I do not consider myself hard but I am not easy either. I believe in taking the beginning student and helping them, using warmth and understanding, to learn the concepts of nursing. I have very firm expectations (parameters) but allow human flexability within the parameters. Keeping a student at a constant level of severe anxiety is not the way to teach. It is the way to cripple. I believe there are excellent students who will be terrific nurses and can withstand constant pressures but there are many more who will be excellent nurses but during nursing school are juggling an almost unbearable load. I want a student in the long run to be a caring and confident nurse. I want one who understands pressures and understands grace. I want one who treats myself or my family with an attitude of compassion and I cannot teach compassion if I am only a stern judge - one to be feared. I do not tolerate unprofessional behaviors, sloppy work, lateness, etc. I do allow students to fail if that is their choice but if they want to learn I will do my best to help them. That is why I am a teacher and not working for the dollars I could receive and the shorter working hours I could work if I were simply a nurse.
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    not an educator, but an ER nurse, single mom of a toddler.
    If I didn't complete an assignment 2 years ago in nursing school, it was an automatic failure. I do not think you are hard on your students, you are rather easy. My nursing class was basically "threatened daily/weekly" with assingments, things that needed to be done. "do or fail"!!!
    Nursing school is hard. ............ why??? because nursing is hard. nothing is given to you, you need to take ownership and be responsible. a decision is made every second and it is all on you.
    if you can't make a decision and take ownership in nursing school, how are you gonna do it in the real RN world???
    I've been a nurse for 1 1/2 years and now i know that the hardest instructors were the best instructors. Today i thank them for that.
    Best of luck to you hopefully you teach the future well!!!!
    \xoxo Jen
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    Quote from TinyNurse
    Nursing school is hard. ............ why??? because nursing is hard. nothing is given to you, you need to take ownership and be responsible. a decision is made every second and it is all on you.
    if you can't make a decision and take ownership in nursing school, how are you gonna do it in the real RN world???
    \xoxo Jen
    You said it perfectly, tiny. Not everyonr is going to get through nursing school. If it were that easy, there'd be no nursing shortage.

    In grad school, there is a concept that can not be understated: the teacher is the facilitator. We often talk about the "sage on the stage, vs. the guide on the side". I know this can't be possible in 101 or in the sciences, but I think this all ties into the critical thinking thing. And how can teachers 'facilitate' rather than 'teach' if students are not prepared?

    I'm suddenly not looking forward to my future as an educator...
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    Just a quick note from a new grad . I worked full time raising three kids and hustled to make the whole thing work . I graduated with honors and learned a lot . I sat next to a nurse who barely passed , did the bare minumum and skated by , barely. I now work with this nurse and she scares me ! We have been out of school 6 months and she asked me yesterday where she could find a big enough syringe to mix humalog insulin and calcitrol !?! When I explained that first off calcitrol was to be IM and insulin sub Q she looked mystified and went on to say a few other things she said oh and walked away . Scary ! Make em work for it and if they dont let em go we need GOOD nurses!


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