Published May 20, 2009
Which nursing class taught you the most? Why do you feel this class was helpful? What teaching methods keep you most engaged in class and break up the boredom of a 4 hour lecture? (Nursing prof here shamelessly mooching for student input).
avahnel, ASN, RN
Personally I liked Psych nursing the best. I felt that some of the concepts will travel with me throughout my nursing career even if I don't go into mental health nursing. I like when I get power point slides or an outline of the lecture and can write important/additional info to help me go back when I study. I also like group presentations from other students, it keeps my intrest, and they learn that topic really well. (I will never get a diabetic food care question wrong--lol)
Multicollinearity, BSN, RN
Which nursing class taught you the most?
I'm not sure which class has taught the me most. I suspect it will be next semester, my last semester's nursing lecture course for med/surg and a bit of critical care. So far my most challenging class (but not taught the most) has been my Nursing Research class. I know our specialty classes like Psych/Peds/OB were comprised of very basic surface knowledge, so we certainly didn't learn the most in those classes.
Why do you feel this class was helpful?
Now we are commingling what class has taught the most versus what class has been most helpful...:). My most helpful class would be any clinical class because this is where we put into action what we are learning in all of our classes, and what the purpose of nursing school is about: providing nursing care to patients.
What teaching methods keep you most engaged in class and break up the boredom of a 4 hour lecture? (Nursing prof here shamelessly mooching for student input).
The single most important thing to me is a professor who demonstrates positive expectations for his or her students. Providing positive reinforcement combined with constructive criticism is great, too. I adore and respect professors who genuinely expect the best from students; they tend to get what they expect. The flip side is professors who tend to expect bad things from students; they tend to get what they expect (or are looking for) as well.
I think I learn most in the clinical subjects we take. Our classes are divided into clinical (sub-divided by system, i.e. cardio, GIT etc), nursing theory and science.
Science is utterly boring hell and the lecturer moans on for three hours with three ten minute breaks in a monotone! Plus, it's really boring content for the most part, too!!!
Theory is usually just a load of junk/wank that is either common sense or not worth knowing. We did do some good points though like cultural safety in nursing, a brief (very brief) history of nursing and one whole subject dedicated to communication and relations in nursing.
Clinical subjects are definately the best because they really connect you with what you want to do/where you want to go. Our tutorials are held in labs that simulate hospital wards. There's six beds with all the medical equipment and wall pumps etc and "nursing Ann" (a doll that breaths/coughs/has a pulse etc). It's really hands on, lot's of skills practice and really engaging.
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