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How I feel about group projects...

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That's why when I meet my nursing buddy we grabbed on to each other and are still taking our classes together.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

I hate them. I've always hated them and REFUSE to assign them to my students.

I hate them. I've always hated them and REFUSE to assign them to my students.

Well I hope you're one of my instructors this semester! Any chance you're in Michigan? ;)

Well I hope you're one of my instructors this semester! Any chance you're in Michigan? ;)

Or Nevada LOL

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

Exactly.

The start of every group project I did in nursing school:

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The end of every group project I did in nursing school:

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I'm this one in the group

Yes!!! I secretly research what the rest of my group was supposed to be researching, just to make sure they did a thorough job.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

Yes!!! I secretly research what the rest of my group was supposed to be researching, just to make sure they did a thorough job.

This is precisely what makes nursing school group projects such a disaster.

With the typical group project (one perfectionist, a couple of slackers, one docile lacky who does what they're told) everything is in equilibrium.

With OCD Type-A nursing students, everybody thinks their work is the best and everybody is trying to rewrite everyone else's work, which drives everybody crazy. It becomes a war zone of which student's loudest, craziest crazy will win out.

At least that was my nursing school experience.

This is precisely what makes nursing school group projects such a disaster.

With the typical group project (one perfectionist, a couple of slackers, one docile lacky who does what they're told) everything is in equilibrium.

With OCD Type-A nursing students, everybody thinks their work is the best and everybody is trying to rewrite everyone else's work, which drives everybody crazy. It becomes a war zone of which student's loudest, craziest crazy will win out.

At least that was my nursing school experience.

Actually when my group mates have a brain I work well with them and we have always done well together. Maybe it's because I become the docile lackey and didn't know it...

This is precisely what makes nursing school group projects such a disaster.

With the typical group project (one perfectionist, a couple of slackers, one docile lacky who does what they're told) everything is in equilibrium.

With OCD Type-A nursing students, everybody thinks their work is the best and everybody is trying to rewrite everyone else's work, which drives everybody crazy. It becomes a war zone of which student's loudest, craziest crazy will win out.

At least that was my nursing school experience.

This is so accurate. Everyone is used to competing to be the best to even make the program--I don't think that competitive/perfectionist spirit always subsides.

As for me, I really like being in control of my school work. I love school, partly because I feel very in control: my success=the work I put in. Easy peasy. So when you throw in a group project, my grade rests in other peoples' hands, and that throws my brain a curve ball.

I'm this one in the group

That's me, too. I've never really done a group project the right way. I take over, assign the parts, redo them all, and put the presentation together myself. Then I do the presentation, unless we're supposed to split it up. In that case, I give each person their bullet points and make them practice it in front of me until I can't make them do it any better.

I may be a control freak. Just a little.

NurseSpeedy, ADN, LPN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

Or Nevada LOL

or Florida?....Hey, there's only 50 states, sooner or later one of us will luck out!

That's me, too. I've never really done a group project the right way. I take over, assign the parts, redo them all, and put the presentation together myself. Then I do the presentation, unless we're supposed to split it up. In that case, I give each person their bullet points and make them practice it in front of me until I can't make them do it any better.

I may be a control freak. Just a little.

It's ok though. The other people want us to take control. Really. 😜

WKShadowNP, DNP, APRN

Specializes in Hospital medicine; NP precepting; staff education. Has 20 years experience.

I'm this one in the group

OH, exactly, Me too.

So...what I learned from group projects is if I want it done well, I'll do it myself.

pecas

Specializes in Addictions Nursing, LTC. Has 2 years experience.

I was really lucky. One of my instructors only did group projects. We usually got to pick our partners and my nursing school bestie was super OCD, while I tend toward ADD hyperfocus. We could really get things done. She was also really good about getting me back on track when I had my " Ooh, a squirrel!" moments.

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dudette10, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics. Has 10 years experience.

The size of the group makes a difference. Three people in a group should be the maximum. Think about it...in real life, if you have more than three people in a room to solve a problem, it can get chaotic very quickly. Three people, in my experience, are more likely to put in equal effort and come to consensus when disagreements arise.

Every time I've had to work with more than three people, it's been hell. Two or three people in a group is a breeze.

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

OH, exactly, Me too.

So...what I learned from group projects is if I want it done well, I'll do it myself.

When someone says, "I'm pretty good at PowerPoint presentations, I can do that part," and then they email it to you the day it's due and you're like...

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