okay, this has been bothering me for some time but finally i think i have to do something about it. i'm going for my adn at a community college in new england, and this is an actual email we received from our clinical instructor:
attach is a copy of the rotation schedule and the assignment for this passed sat. it will be do sat. if you want to e-mail it feel free."
does anyone else see the problem here? we are taking instruction from this person in a field where accuracy
counts. this woman has a master's degree in nursing!!! my 2nd-grade daughter writes better than this 20-something y.o. woman with an advanced degree.
and it's not just the clinical instructor: our lecture professor's "study guides" are riddled with errors: in the latest on cardiac anomalies, she wrote about the "eusebnebger complex" and even mentioned in class how she could not pronounce it. after reading the chapter, i think i found out why: she was actually talking about the "eisenmenger complex"! there are errors all over the study guides (which i tend to ignore now and make my own), the tests, everywhere.
so --- do i send an email to the don of our school? i'm having a real hard time taking instruction from these people.
and please note: it's not like these 2 professors are so wonderful in other areas that it makes up for their spelling
shortcomings. in their case, i think the old adage is true: "that those who can't, teach."
Feb 23, '07
I also have a real problem with grammar/spelling/punctuation errors coming from the professionals that are leading our education. I've been working to let go of some of it but I don't think I'd be able to in this situation.
If this is something that is happening on a regular basis I think it would be a good idea to politely and respectfully bring this to the attention of the director of the program. Eusebnebger vs. Eisenmenger is more than "just a typo" when the instructor doesn't recognize the mistake.
~my reality check bounced~
Last edit by RNin'08 on Feb 23, '07
Feb 23, '07
Too anal? Personally I don't think so. In a court of law your documentation can be picked apart for accuracy, including spelling & grammar. Cases have been made where the lawyer was able to connect sloppy documentation to an overal attitude not committed to accuracy and that is why the patient suffered, blah blah blah. I don't see this as being any different.
Should you make a big deal out of it right now with your instructors and up the chain of command? My personal approach would be to not do that. I would ask for clarification on topics I did not understand and leave it at that. I prefer to keep a low profile when in a position where I could be eliminated with little or no excuse. If you offend the instructor you could find yourself in the position of being a victim of retaliation. An alternative would be to wait until you are done, then write a letter citing some of these examples as room for improvement for future students. In my opinion, it does certainly look bad to have instructors who do not have a basic understanding of how to operate spell check.
ps - another alternative is to transfer to a different program....
Last edit by Bluehair on Feb 23, '07
: Reason: typo