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Rose_Queen Rose_Queen (Moderator) Expert Nurse

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You know, I love to precept. I love helping those new nurses learn the ropes and share their excitement when it clicks. Heck, I even went back to school for an MSN in education so that in the future when I'm no longer physically capable of bedside nursing- and I fear that day is getting closer as I lay here in pain after contorting myself in ways the body was never meant to contort while scrubbed in for surgery- I can move to a less physically strenuous position in education. And that love of teaching has had me helping members with questions when I feel I can adequately answer them (OR nurse, so those questions I feel knowledgable in answering are a bit few and far between).

However, lately I've noticed the trend of jumping on or displaying snark to those who are trying to get the asker to think through the answer instead of just flat out answering the question. It doesn't happen with me personally all that often, but it still makes me think that maybe I shouldn't be answering these questions and just letting these posters figure it out on their own, which hurts those who go through the effort of posting what they've found while needing a little further clarification. It makes me wonder- is this what I'm going to be up against if I seek an academic position? And if it is, did I waste money, time stolen away from family and friends, and hours upon hours of hard work only to find that I'm not going to love that next step in my nursing career that I've planned for myself?

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I don't have any experience in teaching, but I have been taught; learning to think critically and being able to 'put things together' helps you learn how to think on your feet, in the moment. That is an invaluable thing to know how to do. I found that to be especially true in the nine years I spent in Home-Health Nursing, doing 9-12 visits per day every weekend and on holidays. You HAD to be able to figure things out creatively, with the patient you had and the circumstance that was presented at a particular visit.

I had a teacher in school who used to scare me to death in clinical because she really challenged her students. But once I was out on my own I thought of her so often, grateful that she made me NOT SCARED to be confronted by something unusual, different, and/or BIG and important. In real life you don't always have someone right there to provide the answers.

She was the one who made a huge difference in my career and career choices.

I wish you the best; continue to be tough!

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I have taught quite a few students, CNA, LPN and RN level students. I think there is both an art and a science to being able to field questions and promote critical thinking. I will always remember my fundies instructor whenever I make a bed. She would tell us to bend our knees. This works for the first meeting. She then took us on a journey to become good beginning nurses. She was able to get us to think through each thing. Part of that was a result of her accent. She had a strong English accent and you had to think to translate some of it into common US English.

Bottom line is you will develop your own style in real life that is impossible on these threads.

I loved teaching. I enjoyed the light bulb that would fire up once in awhile when someone finally "got it". I enjoyed the challenge of finding creative ways to explain difficult subjects to lay people or beginning CNA students and a more complex way for those who were further along the education pathway.

No, you have not wasted anything unless you did it for all the wrong reasons.

I used to say that alone I could handle x amount of patients and give good care. If I could teach x amount of students to have that same drive and encourage them to keep learning then many more patients could get good care. I loved seeing my former students do well. I still keep in touch with a few. One still wants my opinion before she makes big changes in her life. She knows I won't advise her. I just allow her to talk it through. I learned this from my very first instructor, Mrs. Marian Lewton-Brain. She will forever be praised by me. She has been dead a long time now. She is not forgotten, nor her lessons. Be the best teacher you can be. It is ...

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