My gosh! People forget that there are different perspectives because people have had different experiences and well... different perspectives from various roles.
I have been a nurse a long time. I see some really good experienced nurses and some really bad experienced nurses. I see some really good new nurses and some really bad new nurses.
But what has remained constant, is that while there are some good nurses in our profession, there are some bad nurses too, and some of the experienced or semi-experienced bad nurses are teaching new nurses bad practice. So I decided to go into teaching.
I thought I could instill the importance of excellence in nursing--show students what a difference their care could make (or not...more importantly). But I also remembered nursing school (as long ago as it was), and I remember being so stressed over passing and making the grade, that I did not really learn anything really about nursing until after I graduated and started practicing. So I wanted to make that experience different for nursing students. I focus on the learning. I treat them like the adults they are. I give my students that respect. They will be my colleagues very soon.
However, there are those few that would take a mile when given an inch and who do not afford me the same respect I do them. There are the few who routinely have the requests for late allowances, or excuses for why they don't know the meds or patho on their patient, or who think the test was too difficult rather than that they should have known the material because they will actually need to know it to practice safely... There are some mouthy cocky people who are students and who try my patience and who actually ruin it for the majority that want to really learn and appreciate a teacher that really wants to teach them.... There are those that expect the degree because they paid the tuition. If they can't pass a dosage calc test and can't do the math, they are angry that they were tested on it even though it is basic knowledge & skill required to practice safely. There are those that complain about having to know info, but complain when I take the time to really teach them and make them think in class & never take me up on my open office hours or my practice stuff I send out-& still complain that we expect too much to expect them to know this basic knowledge/skill required for entry level safe practice .
I do realize that these are not the majority. However, they are the squeaky wheel. It is hell being a teacher.... I get accused of being an "easy A" and get accused of expecting too much all in the same quarter.... and all I really expect is for the student to be safe and accountable and understand the importance of knowing.... I never thought adults needed to be treated like children to get them to do what they should.... But I am learning that in this-day-and age... limits need to be set and enforced because some adults are not internally motivated.
So... even the best teachers look bad to some students.
And our perspectives do change with different experiences and roles. I try very hard to keep looking at it from all perspectives, but I have learned to set limits and rules and enforce them. I do expect safe practice, and I do expect my students to leave me knowing ! that is the main reason I went into teaching. If I have to be more strict or more of a hard-ass with adults than I have to be with my teenage son, well then so be it....