Hey everyone. I'm finishing up my first semester of nursing school (finals next week :uhoh21
and today we were doing skills pass off. Well, through the course of the day we had about three people leaving the skills lab sobbing, apparently after being told they were not going to be passed off on a particular area. We've also had a couple of instances throughout the semester when an instructor has told someone they "probably shouldn't be a nurse". This doesn't seem right to me. I understand that it is in the instructors' best interest to produce intelligent, competent nurses...but is it necessary to tell someone they aren't "cut out" for the job in their FIRST semester?
What do you think? I just wanted some opinions.
Oct 12, '07
As you say it's the instructor's job to bring out the best and most competent nurses. I think it's important to nurture students through the rough patches, they may be nervous, entirely new to nursing, and just need a bit of encouragement and time. I don't think harsh judgements are necessary, especially that first semester.
Is it abuse? This is where I'm torn because some people are a waste of time and energy and need that "come to Jesus" moment where they need to think real long and hard if they really want to give 100% and be a good nurse.
Working in a teaching unit, I see students daily that I just want to say "please leave and turn in your scrubs
now. You shouldn't be in nursing." But of course I can't lest I be accused of eating my young. Eventually most of them go on to be nurses passing NCLEX, but they still don't meet my high standards....LOL
Obviously, as Leslie points out, they can be way off base and should exercise caution in how they approach people.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 12, '07
Oct 12, '07
I agree that it's unprofessional for an instructor to tell a student "you probably shouldn't be a nurse" no matter how poorly a student performs. If the student doesn't pass, then the student won't become a nurse. If the student improves their performance, then they have what it takes. Being told "you probably shouldn't be a nurse" doesn't give a student any useful information, such as what they need to work on or what exactly it is that concerns the instructor about their performance. If the student isn't performing up to standard, then the instructor can fail the student.
Last edit by jjjoy on Oct 12, '07