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by Hardhands Hardhands (New Member) New Member

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So here is it the problem .....

up until now all my clinicals has gone great, instructors like me ,I learned a lot, it was fine .

recently I started  clinicals in Pediatrics and the instructors seems to just not  like men. she won't let me or the other guy in the group answer questions and she keeps telling me to stop running my mouth  when i try to present the info i have collected on my patient. I  have recently realized that she won't let me go near any of the children ,always saying there's not enough time.... when I prepare an IV drug  she gave it instead  of me.

  she asked me to send her an email of all the things I did wrong today and i was the only one she asked....

 I don't know who to turn to I don't think that anyone in my school will believe me and I'm afraid to make it even worse.

To be clear I have not done anything to make her doubt  my abilities....i answer the small amount of questions that she asks me correctly and have not made any mistakes in skills or safety. 

I can probably get thru this rotation but i am starting worry that she is going to fail me and feel the need to record our interactions to prove what she is doing.

Apart from the fact that she makes me feel like *** i am afraid of retaliation if i go down this road (recording) 

Help!!!

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NICU Guy has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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I would make an appointment to talk to her. The first thing that came to my mind is there may be child abuse in her past and is in the mind set that she can't allow a male near the pediatric patients. It may have nothing to do with you personally.

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Thanks..... I  didnt think it was somthing i did i guessed that it was somthing like that ...... I don't know if I should talk to her and risk pissing her off even more or keep my head down and hope that I pass.....

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There are still assumptions of males though.  It's just assumed that we're not going to have enough interest in peds, OB, NICU, nursery, or anything like that to want to experience it.  Plus we still live in the US where everything is assumed to be some kind of sexual experience.

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tshigeru has 3 years experience as a CNA.

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 I say try to talk to her and see if things can work out. Bring in someone else so there is an witness for eyes/ear of evidence in case SHE goes back on her word or whatsoever. 

If that does not work, speak to your other program instructors/faculty personnel and see what they say and how they can fix this situation. 

 

 

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organichombre has 32 years experience and specializes in critical care, med/surg.

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Document each and every incident. And if you don't feel comfortable confronting her then you need to let someone else know at school. Let another student know what you feel is happening and see what she/he says after observing the two of you interacting. But eventually you need to call her out for inappropriate behavior. Of course I'm speaking from 26 years at the bedside and now a clinical instructor so I may be a little opinionated. Sometimes we as instructors are intimidated by students and don't know how to deal with it. I know that I have had to learn that lesson a number of times!

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