I hate my clinical professor, would this be a good idea to ask her?

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Theres 3 clinical professors, we haven't started clinical yet but we will after the clinical check offs. The people who fail checkoffs get kicked out. My clinical instructor (we can't choose) I ended up with the meanest lady, you know the kind, the one on a power trip and super negative. The two other instructors are way better and I'd rather be with them. We had 11 students in that clinical group, and my friend lucked out and got transferred somehow to the other clinical instructor (so they could go from 9 to 10, and we could have 10 instead of 11). My plan is, if after the clinical check offs some people get kicked out and the numbers end up uneven again, do you think it would be a good idea to email my mean instructor and tell her I volunteer myself to go to the other clinical group so our numbers will be even? Is that seen as unprofessional and will it piss her off? I will do anything I can to get into another group and I can't think of any other way.

chare

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1 hour ago, cookie123d said:

Theres 3 clinical professors, we haven't started clinical yet but we will after the clinical check offs. The people who fail checkoffs get kicked out. My clinical instructor (we can't choose) I ended up with the meanest lady, you know the kind, the one on a power trip and super negative [emphasis added]. ...

And what exactly do you base this on, considering that you haven't completed your first clinical?

1 hour ago, cookie123d said:

... My plan is, if after the clinical check offs some people get kicked out and the numbers end up uneven again, do you think it would be a good idea to email my mean instructor and tell her I volunteer myself to go to the other clinical group so our numbers will be even? ...

No, this would be a bad idea.

1 hour ago, cookie123d said:

... I will do anything I can to get into another group and I can't think of any other way.

In my opinion, I think you should put the energy would best be invested in passing your clinical checkoffs and then being successful in your clinicals.

Best wishes.

faithjohn

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2 hours ago, chare said:

And what exactly do you base this on, considering that you haven't completed your first clinical?

Not everyone is the greatest at clinicals, but will be a great nurse. People get 'feelings' about other people, not to mention actual experience, and that should not be invalidated. These instructors can be nasty, that is no secret. 

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chare

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36 minutes ago, faithjohn said:

... People get 'feelings' about other people, not to mention actual experience, and that should not be invalidated. ...

In the title of this thread the OP stated "I hate my clinical professor." This is somewhat more than a "feeling."  And, if he or she can't control these "feelings" I think it highly likely they will have a negative impact on her or his clinical performance.

36 minutes ago, faithjohn said:

... These instructors can be nasty, that is no secret

Of course, some can be.  However, it is just as likely these instructors get labeled "the meanest  lady, you know the kind, the  one on a power trip and super negative."  Thus the reason I asked the OP to clarify.

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5 hours ago, cookie123d said:

We had 11 students in that clinical group, and my friend lucked out and got transferred somehow to the other clinical instructor (so they could go from 9 to 10, and we could have 10 instead of 11). My plan is, if after the clinical check offs some people get kicked out and the numbers end up uneven again, do you think it would be a good idea to email my mean instructor and tell her I volunteer myself to go to the other clinical group so our numbers will be even?

When I was in nursing school, it was extremely difficult to fail clinical check offs (such as not showing up for your check off). We were given 2 chances to pass check offs and the instructors evaluating us wanted all to pass, thus we verbalized each step before doing it to get non-verbal ques from the evaluator.

Your plan depends all the students in your group to pass check offs. What happens if your group loses students and needs to be evened out? If they do ask for volunteers to move from your group to another, then volunteer at that point. Do not preemptively email your instructor to volunteer. She will get the impression that you are intentionally looking for a way out. 

JKL33

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I hope hate is not what you really meant, OP.

Just sitting here pondering it, it occurs to me that I don't really think in those terms. I consider a lot of behaviors rather ridiculous, but I can't even remember the last time I spontaneously thought that I actually hated someone.

I'm gonna keep going on this train of thought:

Hating people is unnecessary and it isn't worth it. It's destructive. In my opinion it is different than dislike, different than hoping to avoid someone, even different than straight up believing that someone is generally a huge PITA. Hate is the extra internal energy required to hold onto extreme negativity. The situation you're talking about isn't remotely worth all that.

When I have to deal with people like your instructor I consider them a minor bump in the road.

cookie123d, CNA

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1 hour ago, NICU Guy said:

What happens if your group loses students and needs to be evened out? If they do ask for volunteers to move from your group to another, then volunteer at that point. Do not preemptively email your instructor to volunteer. She will get the impression that you are intentionally looking for a way out. 

LOL trust me NOBODY will willingly volunteer to be in that lady's class if they do they're crazy, its like volunteering to make your clinical 10 times more unpleasant and stressful. I don't think it would be easy to pass clinical with her, she was talking about the previous class and seemed REALLY strict, she said she kicked some guy out of clinical (and the whole program) because he put a blood pressure cuff over a bruise or something? she went to him and said, you're out of the program! go tell the dean of nursing you're out! And shes friends with the dean too so ya, theres nobody to complain to about her unprofessional behavior. When I heard that clinical kick out story from her own mouth, it was very concerning! thats why I want out!

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faithjohn

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15 hours ago, JKL33 said:

When I have to deal with people like your instructor I consider them a minor bump in the road.

They're not minor, they shouldn't have jobs. Like I said, some students aren't the best at clinical but will make great nurses. 

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14 hours ago, cookie123d said:

seemed REALLY strict, she said she kicked some guy out of clinical (and the whole program) because he put a blood pressure cuff over a bruise or something? she went to him and said, you're out of the program! go tell the dean of nursing you're out! And shes friends with the dean too so ya, theres nobody to complain to about her unprofessional behavior. When I heard that clinical kick out story from her own mouth, it was very concerning! thats why I want out!

I would want out of the entire program with an administration and instructors that would choose to kick students out of the program for petty mistakes in a clinical setting.

cookie123d, CNA

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6 hours ago, NICU Guy said:

I would want out of the entire program with an administration and instructors that would choose to kick students out of the program for petty mistakes in a clinical setting.

I know, but im in california and its really hard to get in a public cheap nursing program like I did so....I have no choice but to stick it out or pay like 40k elsewhere 😕

Honyebee, CNA

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10 hours ago, faithjohn said:

some students aren't the best at clinical but will make great nurses. 

Explain what you mean by this. Where do I find a job with this? 

JKL33

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11 hours ago, faithjohn said:

They're not minor, they shouldn't have jobs.

I said that's what I consider them. I find them fairly easy to manipulate; they are typically massively insecure at baseline.

If there is someone who gets away with dismissing a student only for doing something like placing a blood pressure cuff over a bruise, that is a problem that is *well* beyond a single individual instructor; it is a trash program.