I posted a message a few days ago about how much I dislike critical care. Well, I am TRYING to remain positive and make it through the next six weeks and five exams. I wrapped up my second full day at a SICU and things went well and I learned a lot. I was having some trouble last night with my care plan and, therefore, I sent an e-mail to the course coordinator (one of three instructors for the course) asking for her help in trying to identify how I can utilize my time more wisely. WELL, she wrote me back and was very receptive to my request. She is VERY dynamic and a fountain of knowledge. One of the other two instructors sent an e-mail to the instructor I requested help from and the third instructor. She ACCIDENTALLY put me on copy and made some inappropriate comments insinuating that I am a pain in the *ss (including "I'm happy it's not me" in regards to me requesting assistance). Did I mention that there were four(!) recall e-mail messages in my inbox too (i.e. the one instructor tried to recall the message that she accidentally put me on copy for). So, not only in the workload unrealistic (we have one hour at the end of our second day to incorporate what we did that day into our care plans
before we turn them in; our instructor told us that we need to use White Out because presentation counts and that we need to use APA format for citing the sources of our rationales), but I feel like the odds are stacked against me. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Nov 3, '06
The workload is not unrealistic, although when we are going through it, it does feel that way.
There's a long thread in the OB forum about how we nurses talk about our patients, so it's reasonable that nursing instructors talk about their students. That's all it was, a stressed out instructor "ventilating her concerns", becuase if we don't vent, we explode.
If you're really feeling mistreated then confront the instructor who wrote the email and tell her how it made you feel and get her side of the story. I would do this before I make a copy to the Dean and scream breech of confidentiality. But I'm old, jaded and don't have a fragile ego, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
Last edit by Tweety on Nov 3, '06