How I feel about group projects...

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WellThatsOod

WellThatsOod

897 Posts

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 45 years experience. 7,899 Posts

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

Purple_roses

Purple_roses

1,763 Posts

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? ;)

WellThatsOod

WellThatsOod

897 Posts

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. 1 Article; 1,527 Posts

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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WellThatsOod

WellThatsOod

897 Posts

I'm this one in the group

Purple_roses

Purple_roses

1,763 Posts

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. 1 Article; 1,527 Posts

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.

WellThatsOod

WellThatsOod

897 Posts

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...

Purple_roses

Purple_roses

1,763 Posts

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.

canigraduate

canigraduate

3 Articles; 2,107 Posts

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.