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Instructors making up words *rant*

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OK, just a little rant here. I know this is nursing, not English, but it bugs me so much when my instructors don't use proper words!! Every single one of them says "malnutritioned" instead of "malnourished," and the other day, one said "ethnicicity" instead of "ethnicity." The worst part is, students are starting to use these too!! There are tons and tons of misspellings on our notes as well. I know these are smart people, but I don't understand how they have masters' and doctorates and still can't use proper English. They even butcher medical terms and then wonder why doctors think they're stupid. Has anyone else run across this type of thing?

manna, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

It drives me crazy. As educated as some of these gals are, you'd think they could at least speak properly!

My latest irritation - my med surg prof says vasodilatation instead of vasodilation, along with salva for saliva. And she gets angry for us having to ask her to repeat herself? Yeesh!

Another thing that bugs me - when covering complex topics. We'll ask a question, the prof won't fully know the answer herself, so she says, "you don't have to know that/how it works, just write it down." Ugh.

kahumai, RN

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry.

We must go to the same school, because a few teachers at my school are like that too. Now, all are at least at the MSN level; you'd think that in order to get that far they would have had to speak correctly! But I agree with you...they talk like that and then wonder why doctors or peers look down upon them. :rolleyes:

My latest irritation - my med surg prof says vasodilatation instead of vasodilation, along with salva for saliva.

I think your med surg prof and my patho prof went to the same school...

I heard "vasodilitation" all through that semester. One time someone asked her if it was the same as vasodilation and she said "Yes, but I just say it that way."

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I agree completely -- and have always wondered about the quality of the schools such people attended. Apparently, they attended schools that did not penalize them for such mistakes. As difficult as nursing school can be, some schools need to be a little tougher -- and emphasize the importance of being an educated person in general and presenting yourself as such.

That's what happens in a culture where the the intellectual, the theoretical, the "liberal arts," etc. are not considered as important as the technical skills.

llg

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I have one instructor, bless her heart, who says "parental" instead of "parenteral."

In reference to cervixes and women in labor, I've heard a LOT of health professionals use the term "dilatation" instead of "dilation." Maybe it can be used interchangeably?

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

"Blood must be dethawed prior to using"

Dethawed?????????

I have one instructor, bless her heart, who says "parental" instead of "parenteral."

Wow, even our notes say "parental" medications. The test, too. I forgot about that one. I guess this is a problem in every nursing school. :o

How about being "orientated" to a new position! :rolleyes: or giving an injection of "phenergrin"! :rolleyes: :rotfl: and MANY more I am not able to recall right now! :chuckle

In reference to cervixes and women in labor, I've heard a LOT of health professionals use the term "dilatation" instead of "dilation." Maybe it can be used interchangeably?

Yes I believe it can. My book calls it dilatation in reference to the cervix and my teacher does sometimes as well. She flips between the two.

Altra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

My latest irritation - my med surg prof says vasodilatation instead of vasodilation

I have had to very reluctantly accept "dilatation" since it's in my Tabers as a synonym for dilation. Why, why, why would you dilatate when dilate would suffice???? :rolleyes: :chuckle

I have once instructor in particular who butchers her pronunciation. Part of it is a quirky regional accent, and part of it is just ... quirky. But the grammar & spelling in her written materials are flawless. Go figure.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I have had to very reluctantly accept "dilatation" since it's in my Tabers as a synonym for dilation. Why, why, why would you dilatate when dilate would suffice???? :rolleyes: :chuckle

Dilatate is like dilate, but with a little extra oomph!

How about paternal when the instructor must have really meant parental. And, my favorite, impotenance for impotence.

I am going for my RN. But, frankly, if my instructors are any indication, nurses are stupid. At this point, I assume that you have to be ignorant and insecure about it to seek an advanced degree in a joke science like nursing.

Yes. No wonder the doctors think the nurses are fools.

Personally I want to simply carry out the medical orders. That's the job. If I want to give orders or make diagnoses, I will go to medical school. Nursing diagnoses are the system equivalent of made-up words. The are silly approximations of the real thing.

Sorry (a little) for dumping so much into this little response. But I am thoroughly disgusted with the pathetic, ignorant, and unprofessional delivery from my instructors. The bar is set way too low.

JudithL_in_NH

Specializes in School, Camp, Hospice, Critical Care.

Today we were told to check for a "fetish" :uhoh21: odor when changing an abdominal dressing.

EarthChild1130

Specializes in Psychiatric. Has 9 years experience.

We had a teacher talking about sleeping and rest during a Foundations class and she kept telling us that 'yarning' was a signal that the body was tired...I was tired myself and kept thinking 'WTF is yarning??'...took me about 10 minutes to realize she was trying to say 'Yawning' LOL :rolleyes:

As I read these posts I am wondering if any of you have ever done any teaching? I can tell you that you can be very smart and still make goofs like these when you are talking in front of an audience. Once I was teaching an entire roomful of new parents (about 40 people) about sponge bathing the newborn. As I went on with my spiel (which I had given at least 100 times before) I said "And now might be a good time to clean the circumcision with alcohol". I continued on with my talk but I was noticing some muttering and squirming going on in the audience. One brave guy tentatively raised his hand to ask "Did you really mean to put alcohol on the CIRCUMCISION?!" I was aghast! I said "NO, oh my goodness, I meant to clean the UMBILICAL CORD with alcohol!"

I am sure that over the past 20 years of teaching I have made many such gaffes. I hope my students had the kindness to forgive me for them?

EarthChild1130

Specializes in Psychiatric. Has 9 years experience.

I think my teacher's 'yarning' was just a regional dialect, and not necessarily a bad pronunciation of something...I just found it funny lol...To be perfectly honest I always pay attention to the way people pronounce things...it's the need to use my English degree coming out in me!

I will say that it woke me up a bit because I thought I was being taught a new word for a few minutes! lol :rolleyes:

As I read these posts I am wondering if any of you have ever done any teaching? I can tell you that you can be very smart and still make goofs like these when you are talking in front of an audience...I am sure that over the past 20 years of teaching I have made many such gaffes. I hope my students had the kindness to forgive me for them?

Sometimes it is poor pronunciation, pure and simple, but sometimes it's right inside your head but something happens in between the brain and the tongue.

I taught a year of middle school. I take care to pronounce things they way they are supposed to be pronounced (I was a language teacher...pronunciation is extremely important, and I hear every little mistake everyone makes). But sometimes even my tang gets all tongueled up. :)

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