I wish I could tell you that every clinical
instructor you will ever have will be the
best human in the entire world, and they
won't ever be slapped into a position so that
they can climb into the seniority level at
That would... But that's not, that's not the
world we live in.
I cannot promise that.
So similar to when you had a conflict with a
you just need to get through this.
Making a huge fuss in the middle of a
semester, honestly, it rarely
does anything because the school doesn't
want to find a replacement teacher in the
middle of the semester.
It really just comes down to that.
So document, document, document what is
Keep things in email like we discussed
before and, at the end of the semester,
present all of the information to the dean
or the head of the department or whoever it
is to express your concerns that are backed
up by evidence that are documented in your
But unlike in the classroom, in clinical,
most of your interaction
will actually not be what the clinical
instructor in most cases, but will
instead be with the nurses.
So there is slightly less involvement here.
But when you are dealing with the clinical
instructors, here are a few ways to
handle different difficult situations that I
ran into when I was in
clinical. If you find that your clinical
instructor is criticizing every little thing
you do, you can always just say: "I am
I have prepared via reviewing my notes,
watching videos, practicing at Skills Lab.
What else would you recommend that I do to
prepare?" And as long
as you were, like, actually putting in the
work and can kind of, you know, you can pull
up your Lecturio thing and be like, "Look at
all these things that I did, isn't this
amazing? And I'm still not ready." This can
reframe the situation and make them realize
like, "Oh, maybe you really are trying.
And I'm just mean." Just kidding.
They won't realize that last part, but they
will think like, "okay, you are trying." And
it pulls the ball in their court and ask
them to literally go and do their job and
figure out how to help you with these
And if they are unable to do so, that's when
you document, document, document.
You say, "I presented this, and they didn't
know how to help me fix it." And then you can
later take it up the ladder.
Another thing I would recommend here is when
your clinical instructor seems to
hate you is to just lay low.
If something is egregious, or unsafe that
the clinical instructor is doing, tell the
dean ASAP. Obviously.
Safety is obviously a priority here.
But again, if not, if they just are really
mean to you, all you can seriously do is
collect everything in writing and present
your case to the Dean at the end of the
semester. I know how frustrating that is.
I have been there, but it really doesn't
help you a bunch to complain in the middle
because, remember, they won't replace that
But it can help the students who come after
you and maybe your grade if you need a little
bit of saving there.
And finally, as much as you can avoid it, no
matter how much they seem to be targeting
you, try not to fight back because fighting
going to backfire. Coming from someone who
has tried to fight back, I...
It didn't work well. It seemed that they then
even picked on me even more.
And I haven't seen it go well for others
So while it's absolutely the right thing to
do to advocate for yourself, do not try to
match their assertiveness in the moment, as
tempting as it might be.
Document what's happening.
Save that for later.
And bring up concerns with the head of the
department later if you need to and
to help future students.