Oops! After reading it again, Siri, I think you are right!
I find that nursing students have complained to me about a couple of valid things.
1. Some complain that I have graded something unfairly, though after I talk with them and explain the reasoning for loss of points, they usually understand a little better. And sometimes I was unfair or made a mistake, and that's OK too.
2. Some have complained about how other faculty have treated them. I stay out of this and don't allow them to speak to me about other faculty. I encourage them to go to that faculty and work it out with them (it is what I would want done). But they are right sometimes, and I feel badly for them. Some faculty members are power hungry and lord it over the students. Crummy people are every where, but faculty and students.
3. Some complain that there is too much to learn and not enough time (I agree)!
4. The funniest complaint was a student who said, "Well, when you said I should do such and such, I didn't think you really meant it!"
5. Some student complaints are complaints at all, just a student who wants to vent or who is frustrated and stressed and tired.
I think the most challenging thing for nursing students is developing the ability to critically think and apply the knowledge. They are great at memorizing definitions, S/S, etc, but applying that info is a different matter. So hard for first year nursing students to get this down. It can be a difficult thing to teach as well!
Here is something I would like to add:
Things I Wish Students Would Do or Know:
1. Follow directions, even if you think it is something minor and unimportant
2. Be complete.
3. I'm fine if you want to "argue for points" on that paper, but come prepared and have a good, solid defense.
4. It isn't my fault if you fail, and it isn't because of me that you passed
5. Yes, I really meant it when I said "XXXXXX"
6. If you write a paper for a grade, use good grammar
, and don't say, "I'm going to be a nurse, not an English teacher" when I take off points for poor grammar and spelling.
7. Be prepared for class and for clinical
8. If I think you have half-@**'d an assignment, you've lost my respect