Wow, I didn't expect such a response. To clarify a few things, it is not possible to "defame or slander" an institution, only a person and I did not name any individuals. Additionally, the institution is not a private institution, but a county, state and federally funded organization. I am not employed by them and I am technically the customer, purchasing a service. There isn't anything in the student handbook that even mentions posting on a public web site.
I am not surprised that they saw my post, read it, figured out it was me or had a negative reaction to it. Frankly, that was my point. I did not, however, expect to be harassed and intimidated because of my post. Nursing school instructors may feel they are holding all the cards, but there is increasingly more competition in the marketplace from private institutions. Instructors need to be "customer-focused" just as they emphasize that we operate from that perspective with our patients. In addition, I don't feel that you make a good nurse through intimidation. I don't buy the argument that we will be under significant stress once we are out there in the real world, so we're going to make things as stressful as possible in nursing school. I think that makes nursing educators seem petty and insecure. My plan after nursing school is to go into some type of advocacy position with an organization that lobbies for the rights of patients and nurses. My experience in nursing school, however, is not giving me any reasons to want to advocate for nursing education or the professsion.