How strict are your lab evaluators? I guess this question is more geared towards ADN students than BSN's, as I suspect the BSN's have more time and their instructors can afford to spend more time teaching them. (assumption-- correct me if I'm wrong, I know BSN's have no end of stress too, and don't want to belittle that)
In my program, we have an instructor who is very, very strict. She has a way of looking at you before you've even done something wrong that makes you THINK you've done something wrong and as a result you DO something wrong.
I swear, the instructor I have for LABs had to take a special class on how to intimidate students and make people feel like an idiot. She is ten times worse than 90% of the surgeons I have worked with. She isn't ALL bad, as she is actually very good on a one on one basis. She just is moody, and humiliates you on many occasions but I don't think she even knows this. I suspect that she is bi-polar, or possibly suffering from hyperthyoidism. She just looks like someone with a VERY high metabolism, and on certain days is waaay up there, and others, waaay down. Not quite sure what it is, but I strongly suspect something there.
Anyway, some days she is soo very negative. She will say rude things in front of others knowing that she is humilating you. I don't and never have taken that very lightly, and have bitten my tounge more than once when it came to her. I am an adult, and am not accostomed to such behaviour from someone who is supposed to be an authority figure.
But then again, on other days, she is so very receptive. She is so into her job as a teacher, that you see her face light up when she recognizes that you've GOT it! You just want to give her a huge hug and thanks.
Nine out of ten times though, everyone in my class will verify that she is a heartless, nitpicking unhappy woman who everyone hates. But then again nine out of those ten people are playing her game and passing. (well, make that six out of ten)
I am curious, what kinds of things have some of you failed on, and what kind of very ridiculous things have some of you (or your classmates) been failed on?
My own instructor hinted to me that my failure was over nitpicky stuff that she wouldn't have failed me on. This very same instructor couldn't say a bad word against ANYONE if her life depended on it. Yet previous instructors let me know that they thought this lab instructor held too much clout, and was causing more damage with her negativity to the profession than she was helping the profession by throwing students out for small errors.
I think the lab instructor is partially correct. She has to ensure that students understand things before she allows them to move on. The clinical instructors (RN's) that I have had in the past are also correct. She should not nitpick with the students over things they see daily and expect them to perform what professionals they deal with do not. (example: pushing a med with a 9th of a fraction of a bubble into someone when anesthesia pushes almost a cc of one)
That's actually an understandable nitpick for an instructor to make.
Try this one: How to push 5 cc's of a med over 2 mins. I thought 2.5 cc's a minute. That's .2 over 15 sec. Then .4 over 10... NO matter what, you end up with almost a cc after 2 mins have passed. if the PDR said to give the med "not less than 2 mins" would you have been failed for giving over 2.5 mins? As long as your post flush was at the same rate, who cares?? How to figure this out? The PDR says to dilute 2 ccs of pepcid with NS to equal 5cc or 10cc and push over no less than 2 mins. If I had to do it again, I would have mixed the 2cc pepcid with 8cc NS. So much easier to figure 10 cc over 2 mins than an odd number like 5cc.
Somone ask their lab instructor what I should have done, please? I am not sure if mine is having a manic or a depressive day!