Nursing students tend to complain about how nursing school is academically hard and stressful. One thing they may leave out is how degrading many nursing instructors can be on one’s performance in clinical – or just in general. My clinical instructor broke the mentally degrading stigma nursing instructors tend to have during my med-surg III clinical. Her words during my final review in October of 2021 set a new mindset for me when entering my capstone course and have played in my head since then.
During my final review I had given myself all “fours” in every category on the evaluation, resulting in he highest score you are able to get in the class. I wrote in the comments that although we are “never supposed to be perfect and receive all fours, I have earned it.” In reality, I basically went on a tangent saying “I’m over it and I’m perfect,” because I was over it and did not feel that I deserved anything lower than a perfect score.
Fortunately, she found my scoring to be funny and agreed with me. She told me that others may be rude or say negative comments to me because of the amount of confidence and knowledge I have for my young age. This boosted my confidence in myself and my attitude towards my quality of work.
During my new job orientation I had a really tough preceptor who once even made me cry. Crying in the workplace is something I never do. I never felt more defeated and unconfident in myself as a nurse during this time in my life. After the drama at my workplace died down, your comment I had forgotten about suddenly popped up into my mind. The next day I came back stronger than ever. I have never let your words fade ever since.
Thanks for boosting my ego and allowing me to be a little cocky too,
It’s so amazing the power that comes from someone believing in us. I am sure she is so proud of the work you are doing and I am sure she is super happy that her words do and will continue to help protect you from people who are mean, jealous or simply out to hurt you. Keep shining and keep helping people <3 Lauren
The power words can hold is astonishing, especially in negative situations. I’m glad that it was a positive outcome for you, and you remembered it in a crucial time that was needed.
Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more stories from you.