Surgeon for an instructor

  1. Has anyone ever had a surgeon for an instructor and not an RN? He wasn't a very nice guy was he? Mine sure isn't. He asks very difficult questions that make you think "were these covered in the book or power points?"

    Is there some way I can practice medical terms that have the same meaning so I can kick some butt on his exams?
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  3. by   inthecosmos
    For what course? I have never had anyone other than an RN teach a nursing course.
  4. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Has anyone ever had a surgeon for an instructor and not an RN? He wasn't a very nice guy was he? Mine sure isn't. He asks very difficult questions that make you think "were these covered in the book or power points?"

    Is there some way I can practice medical terms that have the same meaning so I can kick some butt on his exams?
    How does "asking difficult questions" make him "not a nice guy"?
  5. by   Orion81RN
    Never had a surgeon teach a course, but when a classmate and I viewed a C-section the surgeon asked us "tough" questions throughout the procedure. He was impressed and said we represented our school well. I was beaming.

    It was very nice to see a surgeon take an interest in our education and teach us along the way. He didn't have to let us in his OR let alone go out of his way to teach. It was very nice of him.
  6. by   cleback
    That's kind of awesome. I mean, he will definitely bring more breadth to your education, and you will gain insight on what the doc wants to know when you call him in the middle of the night about a deteriorating patient.
  7. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from Horseshoe
    How does "asking difficult questions" make him "not a nice guy"?
    I never said he wasn't a nice guy based off the questions he asks. He's just not a nice person to talk to. He has that "get out of my face" type personality. I understand his job is hard, but I'm sure he practices to ensure he's good at what he does and tries to not mess up. That doesn't mean he should be a piece of ****.
  8. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Quote from inthecosmos
    For what course? I have never had anyone other than an RN teach a nursing course.
    Pathophys.

    This class is a pre-requisite for the program I'd like to get into.
  9. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Pathophys.

    This class is a pre-requisite for the program I'd like to get into.
    Absolutely nothing wrong with a surgeon, a nurse, or anyone else who is qualified teaching a non-nursing course. Your initial post makes it sound as though the surgeon is teaching a nursing course. This clarifies it.

    You will find people who are "not nice" everywhere- your classmates, your future coworkers, the guy who steals your parking space at the store, and so on.

    Asking difficult questions isn't mean. It's making you think and learn. You fail to give any examples that demonstrate "mean".

    If you want to learn medical terminology, a good medical dictionary would be a place to start.
  10. by   GrumpyRN
    Quote from inthecosmos
    For what course? I have never had anyone other than an RN teach a nursing course.
    Way back in the 1980's in the UK we would have a medical person teach us about their speciality. When they were finished the nursing tutors would teach us how to look after these patients. That way not only did we know what to do we knew why we were doing it.
    This would be medical and surgical doctors.
  11. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Pathophys.

    This class is a pre-requisite for the program I'd like to get into.
    Of course a surgeon can teach Pathophysiology. It's not like he's teaching Nursing 101 or Psych Nursing. That would be inappropriate.
  12. by   psu_213
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Pathophys.

    This class is a pre-requisite for the program I'd like to get into.
    I have heard of it for a pathophys course.

    I also knew someone whose pathophys course was taught by a biology professor. Totally appropriate.
  13. by   cleback
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Pathophys.

    This class is a pre-requisite for the program I'd like to get into.
    We had a bunch of guest lecturers-- mostly physicians, researchers, and academics from the medical school-- teach ours (which was also open to pharmacists and other allied health professionals). I don't think it's unusual at all.
  14. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Is there some way I can practice medical terms that have the same meaning so I can kick some butt on his exams?
    I am surprised there isn't good study material in your textbook to help you learn medical terminology. If you still want to supplement, a medical dictionary is a good idea, and I would also recommend the Khan Academy videos. They are great for learning anatomy/physiology as well (and you need to understand normal physiology before learning pathophysiology.) They also have some good patho videos.

    I wish nursing school would have included MORE non-nurse instructors, personally.

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