1. Sorry, guys--needed to edit this entire post due to "confidentiality" reasons.
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 24, '03
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Vicky, I'm so sorry you're feeling so low. I hope just writing it out helped take the edge off a bit for you.. and knowing that someone out here is listening, and cares. Big hugs to you.

    I have no great words of wisdom.. just words of encouragement and comfort.

    Instruction can become quite personal.. on both sides. And hard not to "take home" with you. I give you credit for a very difficult endeavor.. not one I would choose.. for the very reasons mentioned above. Pat yourself on the back for giving your all... you're doing your best and then some.

    Do something special for yourself this weekend and try to have some fun and forget everything else ! The sun WILL shine for you again !
  4. by   nowplayingEDRN
    It takes a special person to teach and it sounds like you are one of those special people....who love our profession so much that they wish to teach others and hopefully have an impact.

    Girl, keep your chin up and never give up hope. With God all things are possible........The storm clouds will pass and the silver lining will show through......

    Take jnette's advice and do something nice for your self. Things will get better and know that although we may not have any good words of wisdom for you, we are here for you.


  5. by   VickyRN
    Thank you. Your replies made me cry. I slept a lot today and feel a whole lot better. Part of the problem is I am exhausted.
  6. by   TX Guy

    I realy admire that your hanging in there.
    It's great that you want to teach. There is probably lots of teachers on this board who can pass on valuable advice.

    Just take a "you" day. Get some sleep, take a hot bath and do whatever you like to do. That always helps me.

  7. by   Flynurse
    I like Paul's idea!

    Only make it Green Tea bubble bath! Along with some chamomille tea. What a soothing tought...BRB!

  8. by   gwenith
    Teaching is harder work than a lot of people realise ESPECIALLY if you try to do the right thing by your students and it sounds like you do. OKAY - here are some tips to make the lectures more interesting.

    Increase the interactivity. write your lecture tehn write just a series of questions. The questions will be your lecture. Come in - sit on the table (gasp!) relax - tell the students to relax and then start asking the questions - it is best if you make it like a clinical situation. eg. Lecture on catheterising, come in and ask What does everyone think might be the most common problems associated with a urinary catheter. Nod encouragement at each response and be VERY gentle with those that are completely off track. Remember support first foremost and always. Build the belief that they can make any comment and you will give positive feedback even if that feedback is "Sorry that was not what I was looking for as an answer but well thought about thank - you".

    Everyone likes to be complimented and so this sets up a situation where they start to look forward to your talks - they will pay more attention as they want to be able to contribute and get a pat on the head too. This works even with mature age students.

    Use clinical examples and stories. There is mega research proving that nurses respond best to clinical stories. Even if it is just thestory about how you unblocked a catheter. It gives you "clinical cred" as well.

    Use team teaching as a break from routine. You and your colleage "split" a topic. Go in and then take turns talking and "bouncing" off of each other.

    Use "reverse" stories to generate discussion e.g. tape an arrest on "General Hospital" and get the students to tell you what the actors did wrong (Done that it was SOOOOO much fun and did they LEARN!!!) If was a subject like professionalism I might go in with an exerpt from the 1875 text I have posted here and then get them to discuss it. It is called "Cognitive Dissonance" and is one of the best methods of getting people to remember and interact with a subject.

    I have even "faked" symproms in front of a class - i.e. forced expired to produce a wheeze. I bounce around a lot in front of a class, get them to follow me so that they don't get glazed looking at the one direction.

    If you want to run some ideas past me - just PM me and I will see what I can do to help.
    Last edit by gwenith on May 23, '03
  9. by   dianah
    Wow, gwenith, love your suggestions. I had a 8th grade math teacher who moved all around the room and would occasionally "accidently" kick a metal trash can when he wanted to wake the class up. Used little tunes and rhythms to help us remember things like "the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides" of a right-angle triangle (or whatever it's called).
    Good for you: make it fun!!
  10. by   plumrn
    Everyone above has already given lots of support, and great advice, so all I will say is try to catch up on your rest, and 'YOU' time. Your post almost made me cry just reading it. We have all been through rough periods when nothing seems to be going right, and we can identify with you. So sorry you are having such a hard time. Hugs to you , and hope each day that passes just gets better, and better for you.
  11. by   VickyRN
    Thank you all. Your replies have been very helpful and comforting. I am feeling better and stronger today. Gwenith, really liked your ideas and suggestions--especially the "General Hospital" one (lol). Probably will be PM'ing you a lot. Thank you for your offer to help.
  12. by   karenG
    I read your post yesterday and have been thinking about what to say- but its been said!! I am in my first year as a university lecuturer and its hard!! the students are all trained nurses doing futher degrees and sometimes (always?) know more than me!! I am having fun trying to stay one step ahead!! scariest moment was walking in to a lecture theatre and seeing 120 faces gazing down at me!!

    Hang on in there- feel free to pm me if you need to moan-not sure how much help I could offer other than to emphathise!!