Nursing Classroom Education: The big bang of powerpoint slavery - page 2

by Floridatrail2006

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I have recently graduated and having a fair amount of time on my hands (jobless, thousands of applications filled out and resumes polished) I wouldn't mind giving an open, honest opinion of educators and the practices. There... Read More


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    Quote from mbschloss
    My nursing program LPN was a year of crap! A revolving door of instructors who had no clue how to cover the massive amount of information in 6 short weeks. We would have 4 hours lecture per subject 2 days a week, then 2 days a week clinical/skills & a random 1/2 day on Friday for whatever class was "required". A seasoned instructor got thrown into teaching our gerontology course. She randomly lectured about whatever she fancied, listening solely to her own voice, reading, not relating to students. No assignments were given, no reading assigned, no required attendance.... not even a quiz or final. She gave all students a blanket 3.6! It was really hard to respect the faculty after that introduction to our education as nurses. Instructors would routinely complain to us about the lack of funding, how they didn't earn much, worked off hours... etc. To justify that they couldn't teach to expectations. & this was a state accredited program! We were taught, by PowerPoint & handout just enough to pass what they would test on our finals. When students failed a course, they could beg for extra points to pass or just take a retest. It was really disappointing to be an exceptional student over looked & seen just as my tuition payment.
    WOW...I have to say that your situation sounds a little more difficult than mine. I just want change in nursing education strategies. That program sounds like there is much more going on. I'm sorry you had to go through that!!! That's terrible!
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    Quote from Floridatrail2006
    So there I am, lecture after lecture, having this annoying monkey on my back. I kept thinking, "This is incredibly boring. I'm being read to. Everyday, I listen to a college professor point and read from a powerpoint. Oh god, I'm literally losing my mind." Where's the real world connection? Where's the excitement? This goes on and on.
    *** Welcome to nursing! You will soon realize juts how little your education had to do with actual nursing and why new grads must be extensivly trained by their employer when they graduate. This is of course very expensive and add even more reluctance on the part of hospitals to hire new grads.
    Nursing students are simply NOT demanding enough from their schools. You made a good start.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Mar 31, '13 : Reason: fix format
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    You will soon realize juts how little your education had to do with actual nursing
    This is astounding to me! I've seen the disconnect between school and real life. I imagine this common among many professions. I, also, see people just accepting the status quo. Unfortunate.
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    This was 100% my ADN program. BSN online was better as we had guidelines and read our own material. I was so disappointed when I began my nursing program. I asked my clinical instructor if this was normal or if I had a crappy instructor. She basically stated that this is the way it is. I felt like I could stay home and read the power points to myself. I agree with the other poster that stated you realize when you get a job how little the program really taught you about being a nurse. I am beginning my program for MSN in Nursing Education and I vow not to be an instructor that reads power points to my students.
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    While engaging speakers / lecturers / professors are worth their weight in gold ... welcome to adult learning, which is self-directed. YOU are there to discover your passion in the material ... not have it foisted upon you. That dry theory/pathophysiology will be the foundation of your nursing practice.

    Good luck in your studies.
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    Thankfully we've only had one instructor who reads from the PowerPoints. But she _literally_ reads...verbatim, in a super monotone voice and seems really bored and annoyed that she even has to do that. Once, she even had us take turns reading each of the slides like 3rd graders.
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    Quote from Altra
    While engaging speakers / lecturers / professors are worth their weight in gold ... welcome to adult learning, which is self-directed. YOU are there to discover your passion in the material ... not have it foisted upon you. That dry theory/pathophysiology will be the foundation of your nursing practice.

    Good luck in your studies.
    I agree with you but at the same time I don't. I'm not asking to be spoon fed and I am responsible for learning. However, teaching, I believe, in the adult realm should be of higher caliber. Nursing has high standards as we know. I think my experience in my nursing program was mediocre (not near high).
    I'm all for dry theory. Give me the troponin-tropomyosin complex of the cardiac muscle or the carbonic acid-bicarbonate system. I love to hear it. Any material can be presented in a moderately interesting way. 4 hours of monotone, and verbatim. No thank you.
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    May I also say that I've heard primarily from nurse educators. I wonder why that is. Maybe some educators out there could explain to me the current state of nursing education.

    Is is hard to break the traditional mold of information delivery?

    How do educators learn to try new techniques? Must be individualized.
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    I feel for both sides of this topic. I'm currently in A&P I + Lab and Pharmacology, and I'm very lucky to have an anatomy professor who is very engaged in his subject. He knows it inside and out, he is always adding in little extras that help me remember some of the subject material, and he often asks if we have questions. The downfall to this is that a lot of students ask what I'd consider irrelevant questions, so we often get behind. We're two days behind now, and so as it stands, we're going to have to cover a chapter or two at the end all on our own.

    My pharmacology professor is the complete opposite. I get that pharmacology isn't that interesting to teach, but this woman shows up and reads the same information from the same packet the college has been handing out for years and years now. My sister took this class 3 years ago (has to retake it now because it's only valid for 1 year) and she literally knows all the answers because they're the exact same as they were when she took it before. She's a nice lady, the pharm prof, but I find myself seriously wishing I'd signed up to take that class online instead of doing it from 8-10 am every Tuesday!

    I think that the right teacher can take any subject and be interested in it enough to spread that interest to students who have a desire to be there and a fervor for learning, which I definitely do. I find some subjects (like how things physiologically function) more interesting than others (like learning a billion different bone features/surface markings), but I love the subject and I love being there. I wouldn't trade my anatomy professor for anyone else, regardless of the fact that I've been told other profs have easier exams and will let students retake tests and do extra credit and blah blah. No, thanks!
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    When I first went to college no one used PowerPoint . I think it existed , but I never heard of it, even with an IT major. The instructor read little from the book and a lot that existed no where else. No handouts, cell phones. You had to take very good notes or else.
    Decade later my classroom instructor read from book, word by word, and used power points often with many hand outs.
    At work one person creates a power point presentation and emails it around for changes until meeting where all discussion is directed to the PowerPoint.
    Electronic format captivates your attention better,
    but paper format reading resonates longer.

    Electronic format is great for test practice questions, but I always go for paper for textbooks even with the weight inconvenience .


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