I’ve encountered a professor and a clinical instructor recently who I find to be lacking in social decorum.
A few months ago my classmates decided (I just decided to go along with their plan) that our class of 8 people would bring some food on our last day to celebrate the end of summer class. It was supposed to be a class celebration and the food we be brought with us was limited as we were all students on a very tight budget.
I bought some fried chicken and my classmates bought different food that was enough for us eight students plus the teacher. The professor was not asked to bring anything.
To our surprise, when the day came, he brought his children, a maid and invited his co-teachers as well. He was acting as if he was the one giving the get-together and told us who else he wanted food to be given to, aside from those he invited to the classroom!
Then, yesterday, another school clinical instructor did the same thing.
You see, the day before yesterday, my group conducted a “mother’s class” (teaching about a medical topic appilcable to their family) as part of our requirements for school. and had to bring food (sandwiches) and juices for about fifty people, excluding my eleven groupmates and our clinical instructor and other instructors who watched our lecture. It was our incentive for the mothers to take time out to listen to us.
After the lecture, the clinical instructor was like a “politician” happily dictating who she wanted the sandwiches and juices (which my group paid for) distributed to.
Then yesterday, being our last class duty under her, the group again decided to celebrate. We gave her a more expensive family sized pizza, plus two orders of lasagna and two big bottles of coke. We figured that that was enough to keep her and her three other colleagues in her floor happy.
Our group of ten ended up sharing 2 cheaper family sized-pizza and a big bottle of ice tea. While we were cutting into our pizza, the clinical instructor came in and said that the food we gave her wasn’t enough as she wanted to give some of her friends on the other floors as well. Then, she proceeded to to cut a whole row from our square pizza.
I really felt that the professor and clinical instructor were trying to get “pretty-points” with their friends, colleagues and family at our expense!
What’s more, not satisfied with that, she instructed that as a “project”, we were supposed to make 19 hard card-board folders for her to be used in the hospital where she works. This, to me has nothing to do with Nursing education! I told my groupmates so, because it would have meant yet another monetary contribution from us when we were all on a tight budget. Also, it was not required of the other groups who finished ahead of us.
I said, “DO THEY THINK WE’RE RICH?!!!”
I think I said it a tad too loudly and the clinical instructor heard it and decided that the group will not have to pay for it—she just zoomed in on one guy member of the group who is, in my opinion, too kind to the extreme. She required him to provide the folders.
He reported to me that she even asked him to do the assignment of her grandchild–would you belive! I told him, “What does that got to do with Nursing?”
But then, this guy would not say anything to stop her from abusing his good graces because he likes to keep peace with everyone all the time.
I told my groupmates that we are not indebted to her as she was being paid on an hourly basis to teach us. So, to me, there shouldn’t be any compulsion as to how much we should give her to show our appreciation.
How do you deal with people like these whom “you offer your hand but want to take your whole arm?”