Are nursing instructors really that bad? - page 3

I am not in the program yet but I really enjoy reading through some of these threads to keep myself motivated and get an idea of what I am in for. Something that I noticed and frightens me a... Read More

  1. by   awoods0042
    The Nursing Instructors, aren't really that bad. They want you to learn, and be able to possess the skills that it takes to take care of people. Your dealing with life and death as a nurse, so they want to make sure your competent. Until they realize you are competent, they can be a little hard on you.. but that is what they are there for. You will never find 2 nursing instructors who will give you the same answer to a question; but that is part of being an expeirenced nurse and coming into your own. They are also there to answer your questions; never forget that!
  2. by   ErinJane
    I think for the most part, it depends more on your outlook than the instructors themselves.
    I had a clinical instructor who was awesome, and yes, she did tear me down a time or two but it was completely necessary. She was showing me that I needed to acknowledge my deficiencies and do something about it. She also gave me challenges the other students didn't have to deal with (repeated uncooperative patients and post mortem care), but now I know I can handle those situations. When she did almost the exact same thing to another student they reported her and complained that she was unfair.
    I could not love her more for making me prove myself. We will have peoples lives in our hands.
    So, as long as you understand the gravity of your career choice and use each challenge as a chance to prove yourself, you will do fine.
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from Kyla.ann
    Is this really a common occurance among nursing schools to encounter such vile instructors?
    Some thoughts on this: No, it is not a common occurrence in nursing school.

    I have only had one clinical instructor who was unprofessional and downright mean. Thing is, this kind of experience could happen in any degree program, so it's not about nursing at all. Besides the instructor I mentioned above, I really haven't had any other instructors with problem behavior of a significant degree. Just go in knowing your class material, be prepared, professional, and open to learning and correction. It will be fine.

    Nursing instructors are just like people in any other professional field, but they have have more knowledge and experience of nursing. There will be good ones and challenging ones and the occasional bad one. Don't abstract the nursing instructor role into something frightening and dehumanized in your mind. Keep in mind that some (maybe a lot) of the ranting you see on this board comes from students who don't accept responsibility for their learning and/or failure.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Jul 26, '09
  4. by   Meriwhen
    Nursing instructors aren't bad people as a whole. Some of mine have been phenomenal (sp)...actually, I can't really complain about any of them.

    I think why most people complain about them is that they're not the pushovers you may have seen during the rest of your college career. Their rules are clearly set in stone, and they expect nursing students to be intelligent enough to understand and follow them...and with rare exceptions, they don't tolerate otherwise. Students trying to get around/bend/break the rules often find themselves losing the battle.
  5. by   LoveMyBugs
    Quote from Meriwhen
    Nursing instructors aren't bad people as a whole. Some of mine have been phenomenal (sp)...actually, I can't really complain about any of them.

    I think why most people complain about them is that they're not the pushovers you may have seen during the rest of your college career. Their rules are clearly set in stone, and they expect nursing students to be intelligent enough to understand and follow them...and with rare exceptions, they don't tolerate otherwise. Students trying to get around/bend/break the rules often find themselves losing the battle.
    Couldn't agree with you more! I got to be a student coach for the incoming nursing students this summer where they learned the basics ( bed bath, transfers..) So because I was a 2nd year they of course bombarded me with questions, about what the upcoming fall term would look like.

    I told them that if you have children have a back for you back for your back up for your childcare, and know what you are going to do if your car breaks down. One student said, well dont they understand those issues and allow for those? They were amazed when I said no that you need to be prepared and have back ups

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