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Difficult Nursing Instructors

Written by kimmel52 on September 17, 2008 – 2:34 am

If nursing school isn’t hard enough, it becomes worse when a particular nursing instructor singles you out.   How do you handle it tactfully?  First of all don’t throw in the towel.  You have come too far.  There will always be those nursing instructors who get along great with some students but make you feel like the evil step child.   There is no concrete answer as to why this is, and it wouldn’t do you any good to try and psychoanalyze the situation.  However, you have paid good money for your education and deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect that you would give anyone else.  The best way to handle this situation is to go directly to the instructor and ask them politely why they are treating you in such a way.  If this is not an option then put everything in writing, documenting time, place, what was said and any witnesses.  Also make an appointment with the director of nursing.  It may well be that the director of nursing is unaware that the teacher is behaving unfairly.  By doing this you are demonstrating that you care deeply about your career and your learning experience.
Some student nurses feel singled out.   They may indeed be.  When this happens it is best to bring it to the attention of the dean of nursing.  Talking about the problem to peers is not always a good strategy.  Your peers are not always on your side, and many may not give you the best advice.  Remember, this is your life that your are dealing with, and it is not small matter.  Therefore you should not take anything lightly.  Be vigilent in your pursuit of a nursing degree and hang on for dear life.  

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