Why do clinical instructors do the things they do?? - page 2

You know. I am curious about something... Why do clinical instructors think that by putting fear into you is going to make you perform better?? Me personally it does the opposite... There are days I... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of Texas

    In dealing with nursing instructors, it always helps to keep in the back of your mind. That old saying.

    Those that can
    Those that can't

    I know several nursing instructors who are excellent nurses. But I know of several others who are teachers, who cant make through a day without taking handfulls of medicines to cope with depression, anxiety, stress. pain. How would you liked to be taught by a nurse who is taking 8mg of Xanax a day, along with elavil, wellbutrin, paxil, and yes oxycontin. Sorry to me that is an impaired nurse for whatever reason she has in her background, and she should not be teaching, She should not even be allowed behind the wheel of a car. She not even be allowed anything remotely connected with patient care.

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  2. by   semstr
    Well thank you very much mr. Teeituptom, as long as fairytales like this keep going, how do you suppose instructors and teachers feel?

    There is no excuse to haress (sp) students during their clinicals, as in my opinion the above story is about, I am on the ward every week with the max. of 4 students, of course our system is different, because I teach them in school, in theory too. So I know them and they know me, quite well. The things I teach them in school, I'll try to teach them on the ward, with real patients too, when possible of course.

    Truth is, when you as an instructor are unsure about a certain procedure, your students will notice. I simply tell them, look guys, I haven't done this or that for a long time, or, I never did this before, so have patience with me too.
    No jewel lost from my crown, when I am honest, I think they (students) respect me more being honest, as doing a show.
    Just my opinion, after 11 years of teaching, Renee
  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi Renee - you sound like a kind, caring nurse and educator.

    I was fortunate to have some excellent instructors (a long time ago). However, I would never tolerate being belittled and yelled at in public. I give respect and expect it back in return. Now that I'm an old lady - not many people yell at me and those that do - I deal with privately.

    As an experienced ER nurse - I have earned the respect of my co-workers, MDs, etc.. I don't demand it nor do I belittle those that I supervise. I too know there is a lot I don't know - and by admitting it - am doing everyone a service.
  4. by   legsmalone
    My experience with nursing instuctors has been quite a dicotomy, the ones I had for med-surg, ICU, etc were very keen on making you sweat. We had a pass/fail final for our clinical courses on skills, like properly placing a foley or suctioning a trach. 2 chances and if you fail both times, out of the nursing program. We had to be able to flawlessly perform these skills without guidence from whoever was testing us, but the second we step into the hospital, they were right there to guide us and help us along. It didn't make sense to me to force us to be independent testing wise, then take it away in the hospital, you should have seen how many of us cried after walking out from those tests, having failed, including myself.
    Then however we moved on to the speciality areas like pysch, peds, L and D and our instructors for these courses are the exact opposite, no skills testing, no desire to make you cry, they all seem to realize we are human, new to nursing, and want to learn this stuff and be good nurses. So while I do feel like surviving the hell of med surg made me stronger, I still feel it was unnecessary, we had a fair number of students give up and withdraw themselves form the program rather then deal with taking these tests and possibley failing out from the program.