Cassidy, I certainly agree with much of what you say (treating all with respect and as holistic beings) but strongly disagree with some sweeping statements you have made:
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Many (or most) of our students come from dysfunctional backgrounds and are already under a great deal of stress in their personal lives, which nursing school
tends to compound.
This may be true of students in your
program; it certainly is not true in my experience (20 years in staff nursing/management, and 15 years in nursing education). I am unaware of data that shows that this is true of many
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For many years nursing has been known for eating its young alive.
Must we perpetuate this tired old myth? I bring in the words of Donna Cardillo in NurseWeek:
"So, why is the expression repeated over and over? Because it's human nature to focus on the negative. Sadly, good works often go unnoticed by many and unreported by those who perform them, and yet we're often quick to note bad behavior. Additionally, those nurses who prefer to dwell on what they perceive as wrong with nursing, talk the loudest and the longest. The people doing all the good stuff don't get on the bandwagon and say, "Well, I helped another student today" or "I went out of my way to teach some new nurses this week."
For those of you who still cling steadfastly to the notion that nurses eat their young and think that I have my head in the sand, here's a reality check. Why did most of us become nurses? Certainly not to harm, impede, or subjugate anyone. The truth is that there will always be certain people in every profession who need to lash out at new members of the profession for their own reasons. It happens to a certain extent in almost every workplace, almost every profession."
Finally, Cassidy, you will learn (as I did) that anonymous student evaluations can be a source of information for growth and improvement as an educator. Equally, they can be misused to "strike back" if a student does not like their grade, feels an educator/the course is too demanding, does not like the amount of effort required to get the "almighty A", etc.
In evaluations, as in most things in life, I have found that the truth lies somewhere between "you are the best teacher on the planet" and "you could not teach a dog to bark". I have gotten both types of comments, every semester, for 15 years.
I do my best, stay current, stay flexible, and work tirelessly alongside any student who will commit to the same level of hard work that I do. I accept that I cannot please all of the people all of the time.