Published Jul 19, 2009
Having finals on central nervous system, I think I'll be ok, but see the vast majority of the class strugling to make a C. Professor said that if you are not a high B or Astudent you will not be a good nurse... Any thoughts on that?
Daytonite, BSN, RN
not a very inspiring person, are they? the professor's opinion may be based on past experience and their knowledge and ability to have looked into the academic records of c students who have gone on into the nursing program. or, it could be a scare tactic to try to get students to study harder. i can tell you that in nursing school as you are introduced to each medical disease a short review of the pertinent anatomy and physiology is done. nothing ever prevents anyone from opening an a&p textbook and refreshing themselves about a subject in the future.
the mediocre teacher tells. the good teacher explains. the superior teacher demonstrates. the great teacher inspires.
I see your point. I guess I was wondering if the mass struggle during these courses is normal, or if I'm in an odd class...
I think it gets to me cuz I see the good in all my co-students and think that even if they are not excellent at AP they might be great at other areas of nursing adn should not be discounted and put down... there are so many good people that all thy need is that weekly "you can do it" booster, you know... I saw a really good kid walk out of class crying the other day, after her grade was given to her...
Unless the professor is speaking from past experience, I think that his/her claim has no authority. There have been many students that struggle in certain subjects and thrive in others.
At my school, students are always complaining about specific subjects. Sometimes it's because the subject matter is dry; Other times, the complaints are due to poor instruction. Nursing school will be a time of review, as well as a time of extreme learning. If a student struggled slightly the first time around, he/she will hear the material again and again until it sticks. :)
ghillbert, MSN, NP
Oh god, please let us not have the "A" student versus "C" student argument again........
oops, did I hit a sore subject?
CrunchyMama, ASN, RN
I think your instructor is way out of line and not correct IMO. My A&P1 professor was always telling us we're going to fail....he also said he didn't cae if we failed, he said it was job security for him. I'm not sure if it was because he was heartless, or if it was motivation for us to do better. Worked for me....I got a B and know of many that had failed.
There are instructors who have a negative bend and those who have a positive bend. I've had both. I think that the ones with a positive bend, by far, get a better response from students. As I said above, they will inspire--in those who want to be inspired. I had a chemistry professor--a full professor--who looked at us in the lecture hall our first day of class, pointed his finger at us and swept it across the hall and said in a booming voice, "Half of you will drop out or fail this course because you won't do the studying required. And it is doubtful that anyone will get an A." What was worse was that he went on about how he was one of the authors of the textbook we were going to be using. Talk about someone who was very vane! People were shaking in their shoes as they came out of that class. MJany of us had him for lab as well and he was just as mean. It was always his way or the highway. And, half the class, maybe more, did end up dropping. Test scores were low. He didn't even lecture from his book although he tested heavily from it we found out on the first test.
My nursing instructors were different. Open. Encouraged us to ask any questions. Patient. Never chided us if we strayed in a point of view, but found a way to get us back on the right path. Everyone was tolerated and felt protected and nurtured. We thrived. No one dropped out. We all passed our state board exam.
I came from a household where my mother was a strict authoritarian very much like Judge Judy or a Doctor Laura--all the time. I owe my nursing instructors a great deal because they showed me a better way I had never known before. It is not easy to change the behavior we are taught from childhood and I grew up around negativity. Fear as a motivator is not an environment that promotes healthy success.
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