This kinda goes hand in hand with flowery's last thread. The real reason there is a nursing shortage is nursing school. it's hell and no one wants to go through it. I don't know about other schools, but for the one i'm going to- the teachers and administrators make you feel like s#$^ every chance they get. there is so much pressure to be perfect all the time.
For example- today i failed a performance exam on parenteral injections. yes, i realize what i did wrong. I realize that i could've killed a patient had it happened in real life. I feel like s*** for making such a stupid mistake. I'm sorry!!!! I always choke under pressure when someone is watching me. but my instructor- she comes up to me - SMILING - and says: "i think i'm going to fail you."
I hate bashing people behind their backs- but she's ugly and has a freaking beard (i'm not kidding) and she smiles at the thought of failing students. the two other instructors were ok and passing people (don't get me wrong- they weren't lax, they just don't make you so nervous) but she's the only person failing people. Don't you think someone somewhere would notice that and say "hey, what's going on here?"
Another thing is my school- administrative wise- is so disorganized!!! They keep changing people for student advisors (i've had 4 different advisors in the past 1 1/2 years) and don't even try to sign up for classes because they don't know what they're doing. I've heard students from other schools come to the school of nursing and they all say that it's crap when it comes to administration. you don't find out where you'll be for clinicals until the night before.
If lots of nursing schools are like this then no wonder nurses aren't well respected and no one wants to be one!!! I understand we have to be put up to these difficult standards because we are dealing with people's lives, but making people hate their lives and themselves isn't going to solve the problem!!!
this week is going to be the week from hell for this month (there is one or two every month). Spring Break is not going to be enough to recover, especially if my parents make me travel to see family......
P.S.- sorry for long post and ranting- i'm just uber-stressed!!! does anyone have any suggestions on blowing off teachers without getting into trouble? lol!
Feb 20, '07
she's ugly and has a freaking beard (i'm not kidding) and she smiles at the thought of failing students.
call me juvenile, but sweetheart, you are funny!
also you are twenty years old, and you're entitled to see things this way. when i picture a whiskery gal leering in my face smiling saying she thinks she'll fail me, and imagine psycho music in the background...that's hilarious! add a voice-over of you thinking, "i'm paying money for this???" and i'm not biased, i'm old enough to be your mom, and have to put that cream gunk on that dissolves facial hair.
the scene was wacked, how could you not notice.
sorry you had a bad time!
your friend in waxing,
p/s you'd be cranky too if you had a full on beard!
lol lol lol lol lol
Last edit by tofutti on Feb 20, '07
Feb 20, '07
I'm sorry you are so stressed, but buck up and deal with it! Nursing school is tough, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. It's supposed to prepare you to deal with life and death situations, if you fail a procedure in the lab what do you want, a hug and some cocoa?
"but my instructor- she comes up to me - SMILING - and says: 'i think i'm going to fail you.' OMG" Would you have preferred that she snarl as she said it? In some instances yes, you could have killed someone by that failure. I would hope she wasn't smiling at the fact that she failed you. What purpose would that serve to her? If she takes satisfaction in failing folks, she'd be out of a job for lack of students pretty quickly.
Granted, I think some instructors/preceptors/educators are pretty nasty, but sadly that's the way things are. You have to jump through hoops to get to the end. I think some instructors think of it as weeding out those who shouldn't be nurses. Do they go too far? Yes, I think sometimes they do, but I understand the underlying purpose. There are ways of being tough but still being fair and I wish more taught that way instead of being nasty, but it is what it is. There is a nursing shortage partly because nursing schools pay crap and they can't find instructors.
The OP says "I always choke under pressure when someone is watching me." I'm sorry, this is going to sound bad, but get used to it. There will ALWAYS be someone watching you, your patient, your preceptor, the family, etc... Learning how to deal with that pressure is what nursing school is all about. I'd rather learn how not to melt down in a lab than deal with it at a patient's bedside.
You'll be fine, take a deep breath and square your shoulders and set your mind to being successful, and you'll be okay.
Last edit by Mags4711 on Feb 20, '07