Nursing instructor that reads powerpoint word for word

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My nursing instructor reads the powerpoint word for word and she does it really really fast. If you have a question about something she just reads the sentence again and ask "Do you understand now?" I get so BORED and so SLEEPY. I feel like we are in college we don't need somebody to read to us. There are several in the class failing because they don't understand and she doesn't know how to explain it. What should we do? She is a very nice lady and I wouldn't want to hurt her feelings in anyway.......but this is killing everyone in the class! Any advice?

Is this her idea of a lecture? Is it patient assessment by any chance? I had an instructor this past term that wouldn't lecture - said we should read the book and ask if we had questions. Her only attempts at "lecture" seemed to be reading to us power point slides!

ZanatuBelmont

278 Posts

Specializes in Rehabilitation; LTC; Med-Surg.
My nursing instructor reads the powerpoint word for word and she does it really really fast. If you have a question about something she just reads the sentence again and ask "Do you understand now?" I get so BORED and so SLEEPY. I feel like we are in college we don't need somebody to read to us. There are several in the class failing because they don't understand and she doesn't know how to explain it. What should we do? She is a very nice lady and I wouldn't want to hurt her feelings in anyway.......but this is killing everyone in the class! Any advice?

Find outside resources.

mwdw04

40 Posts

It is all lecture and like I said if you have a question she just reads it again and says do you understand now. I'm like ummm NO. I have read other resources and read the required chapters and I will often go to other teacher for help. I just hate the reading in class it puts EVERYONE TO SLEEP!

Specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC.

Hey are you in my class? Sounds a lot like my instructor. I'm sure she was a great nurse, but not so good a teacher. Do it yourself..this too shall pass

island40

328 Posts

Specializes in ICU, School Nurse, Med/Surg, Psych.

Having taught nursing at community college I understand where the teacher is coming from. Probably does not have an MSN (and most probably not in education if she does), has no or little experience and no mentor and she has had the job for less than 3 years. Many teachers don't know how to make an effective ppt. It should not have full sentences and less than 15 words as an absolute MAX. Try to entertain yourself and read the book or cut the ppts down to notes while you are in class. You might have to get through this course on your own initiative without a competent facilitator.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

The energy and distress expended if you get involved in trying to resolve this is probably way more than if you were to teach yourself. It is not your responsibility to turn her into an effective teacher. I would send an anonymous letter to the department chair about the situation. Don't sign your name because you don't want, need, or deserve any negative repercussions. She is probably quite aware that she is inadequate and it is up to her to seek guidance from her supervisors. Just work really hard and get on to your next term.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

1 Article; 14,603 Posts

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

Ask the question here on allnurses. Research the information yourself.

It is possible that the Powerpoint was given to your instructor by the dean of the program and she was told to use it. She may be a new instructor and has not had time to investigate the material herself either. Not that I am defending her, but when I taught we had department teaching guidelines and we not supposed to deviate from them. If this is a new instructor she may not be aware of just how much she is able to go outside the information that is on the Powerpoints yet and is still trying to find her way as an instructor.

mwdw04

40 Posts

daytonite

"ask the question here on allnurses. research the information yourself.

it is possible that the powerpoint was given to your instructor by the dean of the program and she was told to use it. she may be a new instructor and has not had time to investigate the material herself either. not that i am defending her, but when i taught we had department teaching guidelines and we not supposed to deviate from them. if this is a new instructor she may not be aware of just how much she is able to go outside the information that is on the powerpoints yet and is still trying to find her way as an instructor."

i have researched it! she as been the teacher there for several years! she has a master degree in nursing and specializes in several fields. i guess she just doesn't know how to teach and she is such a nice lady that no one has ever brought it up before. i will learn it own my own.........but i hate it for the people in the class who can't.

thank you to everyone who responded. and to daytonite i wasn't trying to ask questions on here without checking them out myself.......i was just looking for advice!

ZanatuBelmont

278 Posts

Specializes in Rehabilitation; LTC; Med-Surg.

I have researched it! She as been the teacher there for several years! She has a master degree in Nursing and specializes in several fields. I guess she just doesn't know how to teach and she is such a nice lady that NO ONE has ever brought it up before. I WILL LEARN IT OWN MY OWN.........but I hate it for the people in the class who can't.

Thank you to everyone who responded. And to Daytonite I wasn't trying to ask questions on here without checking them out myself.......I was just looking for advice!

I'm not a fan of powerpoints, anyway. Too many students depend on those and the notes - if provided - from the instructor. I have always gone outside the classroom. I have more books than were required in my program. I even went so far as to purchase a Master's level Pathophysiology book from the local university's bookstore.

Trust me, it can be done without your instructor. There is no better way to test your creativity, time management, and abilitities to self-direct than to deal with an "inexperienced" instructor. :-)

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.

Power point is such an over used medium. :rolleyes:

They use it for inservices and continuing ed too and people just read it off. Then they hand out a print out of their power point with boxes on it, each with what they just went over, which is an incredible waste of paper...

mwdw04

40 Posts

Thank you for your advice!

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