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Help! My Professors Just Read from Powerpoints

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The struggle is real . . . you got into nursing school (good job).  Now you realize your nursing school professors are just reading from powerpoints.  Here’s what you can do to survive!

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Speaker 1:           Students and if you’ve been to our website, assuming you have, NRSNG.com, and read anything on the website, you understand that this is kind of why we exist. One of the most common concerns we get is, “My teacher just reads from PowerPoints and doesn’t teach us anything.”

Susan:                   Yeah.

Kate:                     Raise your hand if you’ve had that experience. Yeah, we all went to school in different states at different times and we definitely had the experience of sitting in class, I’ve got everything here, I’m ready to learn, and then it’s, “You’re just reading the PowerPoint?” We understand that struggle, that frustration and paying thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to have someone just read a PowerPoint to you. We understand how frustrating that is and we hate that too.

Speaker 1:           Yeah, and the money and the time is like secondary concerns because I think also a lot of it is like, we understand that we don’t know any of this. When you take an algebra class it’s like, yeah I understand numbers a little bit. But when you take med surg, I had never learned about heart failure before, ever.

Kate:                     Ever.

Speaker 1:           Then there’s a 10 page PowerPoint up there that is just being read, and it’s like, I still don’t know what heart failure is, kinda. You know?

Kate:                     Yeah.

Speaker 1:           I’m spending the time I need to out of class to learn it, but you’re supposed to be teaching me.

Susan:                   Yeah, I think that it’s something that frustrated us enough to create these resources that were very much so not available for us when we were in nursing school, and has powered us to want to teach you guys and give you guys the proper tools to learn. We recognize that everybody has a different learning style. I know I do. I’m different than a lot of people as far as learning style goes. I like to do repetition, which I know a lot of people are like, “I can’t memorize.” That’s what I can do. Then it comes together as a puzzle whereas some people need to see it visually.

Kate:                     I think the routine that I would see is I would go to school, go to class. They’d read from a PowerPoint and then I’d go home and I’d just teach myself. It would take a long time for me to find the appropriate resources that were explaining it and stuff in the way that kind of matched up with my book. I spent a lot of time fact-finding and trying to figure out what was the right thing so that I would kind of understand stuff. You know, YouTube videos weren’t like super a big thing when I was going to school.

Speaker 1:           Yeah, it’s really easy to imagine because we did it. Imagine trying to figure out the effect of Lasix on the kidneys in a CHF patient when I don’t know what any of that means.

Kate:                     Yeah, like that is a different language.

Speaker 1:           It’s like light bulbs can’t turn on because you’re memorizing facts like Lasix for heart failure, boom. I’ve memorized it, but what the hell does that mean?

Kate:                     What does that mean? You can’t turn on the light switch if you’re not even in the same room, you know? We understand that so much that that’s why NRSNG exists.

Speaker 1:           I think I might be a little bit slow because I think it was really last night the first time that the light bulb really clicked in my head that I realized what we created didn’t exist when I was in school.

Kate:                     No, it didn’t.

Speaker 1:           But I know this is why I started the whole thing and everything, but it really never connected the dots that this is really a one-stop shop for everything that I was looking for when I was in nursing school. I honestly didn’t realize that until last night.

Susan:                   Wow.

Kate:                     I realized that when I decided to start working for NRSNG because it is all that stuff.

Speaker 1:           Kate’s like I want to work with you guys. It’s like, why? I don’t know.

Kate:                     We’re drawing stuff and we’re-

Susan:                   Giving you your “ah ha!”

Kate:                     We’re trying to provide ah-ha moment after ah-ha moment after ah-ha moment so it makes sense and so it’s not just memorizing facts that don’t make sense with the big picture. It’s okay, I get this and then I can field different questions about heart failure because I understand the concept of heart failure. It’s not just something I read-

Speaker 1:           Arbitrary.

Kate:                     Yes, arbitrary word.

Susan:                   What do you do as a student when this is the problem? The very first thing that I recommend is that you still go to class. Even though your teacher is reading off of that PowerPoint and you don’t know what’s going on, you’re still going to go there. You may learn something- Probably not. That’s okay. But you need to be there and you need to be at least paying some what attention and taking some sort of notes in you can because later on when you say I got this wrong on the test or-

Kate:                     I did poorly in this class.

Susan:                   I did poorly and they were like you were never there, you have nothing to say to that. You need to physically be there. You need to go to their office hours. I introduced myself to all of my professors before class started. I had never even sat in the lecture. I didn’t even know what their lecture was going to look like but I already knew their name and I already had my name up on their docket and I sat right in front. I wanted to make sure they knew that I was there.

Then if you’re having an issue, don’t wait until you’ve already taken the test to say you’re having an issue.

Speaker 1:           You’re struggling, yeah.

Susan:                   Yeah. I’m struggling. I better go before I have to take that test. You go and you make office hours before then.

Speaker 1:           I think that can be really intimidating too. I think Suz and I were non-traditional students. I was almost 30 which is a little bit older. I had experience in real adult situations with people that were [inaudible 00:05:42] that I had to tell things to and meetings and stuff. But I recognize it can be really hard and intimidating to see this 60 year old professor who the first thing they tell you is I have 40 years experience as a nurse working at these hospitals. It’s really scary.

Kate:                     Especially as an 18, 19 year old. That’s really quite intimidating, especially if you’re not someone that has ever challenged authority or been in that place where I should get this because of their reputation in whatever but I don’t so I’m just going to try to fake it until I make. But it’s like I really truly don’t understand.

We want to make sure that you’re doing all that you can by going to class, going and asking questions. Even if it’s really hard in opening that line of communication. We’ve created a lot of resources to really help supplement that information that you’re getting on those PowerPoints. We have them in different formats for those of you that are different style learners. Auditory- We’ve got tons of podcasts.

Speaker 1:           To date, we have five different podcast shows. One is the NRSNG Show, which is kind of a general nursing show that goes over some disease processes in longer form, like 20 minutes to an hour. It also interviews incredible nurses. Not like experienced nurses but experienced nurses like Jill E. Johnson who’s the Director of SNYS. Katie’s on the episode a couple of times. Susan’s on as well. These nurse have done incredible things. Then we talk a lot of self confidence, mental health, life success type of things too. It’s kind of an eclectic podcast but I think listening to that will help a lot.

Then we have our Lab Value Podcast which is two minute episodes covering the lab values that you really need to know. We have our Med Master podcast. There’s like 200 episodes but in general we cover 140 meds that you really need to know in very short format. We have our [Inclex 00:07:38] Question of the Day podcast which does question rationale and everything for one [Inclex 00:07:43] question at a time. We have our Struggling Students podcast which is direct responses with Ashley Atkins who’s a YouTube nurse where we discuss direct questions from student nurses that they have.

Then we have the Mnemonic podcast-

Kate:                     Me! It’s just me going through mnemonics and you can listen to it when you’re working out, when you’re on your drive, when you’re walking to class or whatever. If you’re an auditory learner these are awesome resources that we didn’t-

Speaker 1:           Hundreds of hours of audio.

Kate:                     Hundreds of hours. We didn’t have that kind of stuff and we recognized how difficult it is to learn these concepts, especially when you’re different style learners. That’s the passion in why we do what we do. It’s because it’s really important to us that you understand these concepts and that we can set you up to be a successful nurse. A lot of this stuff is free. It’s really important to us that you’re making progress and feeling confident in yourself. We care about you as the whole person and not just checking off that you got a grade on a test. It’s like you really understand heart failure so when you’re in front of a heart failure patient, you can say, “Oh, man. They need blank, blank, blank because I know blank.” You can educate patients and families appropriately.

Speaker 1:           That’s dangerous because a patient isn’t a book. You’re never going to check the heart rate of a book. You’re going to check the heart rate of a patient. You never have a heart failure patient. You have a heart failure patient with a history of diabetes, stroke, [cabbage 00:09:08]. It’s a patient that has so much going on.

Kate:                     It’s a person that has heart failure that has this, this, this. You know? That’s such a good quote. A patient is not a book. It’s really why we do all this, is we have all these resources here because we say that that was lacking and put it out there for you guys.

Speaker 1:           You can get all of those podcasts on the website. Even if you don’t listen to podcasts you can listen online. If you’re not an iPod person, that’s fine. There’s also available on android if you go through Google Play. What else we got?

Kate:                     Cheat sheets.

Susan:                   Cheat sheets.

Speaker 1:           The cheat sheets are one of my favorite things that we do. If you go to NRSNG.com/freebies, what happens with that is every single Friday afternoon, like eleven o’clock, I send out a brand new cheat sheet. It’s like a PDF, 8.5 x 11 PDF. This is totally free too. It also tell little patient story about it too, like why this is important to me. I write each of those emails, send that to you that you can print off. We’ve had students send us little notebooks they made with our [inaudible 00:10:11]. It was really cool. Covering everything from labs, OVPs, mental health, anything. Those are super awesome. NRSNG.com/freebies.

Then we have the courses which these two ladies have helped me with and [Turang 00:10:25] Patel who’s a pharmacist helped with the Med Master Course. We have courses that literally no one else that I know of is making. We have a Pharmacology Course, Lab Value Course. We have OVPs which is coming soon. Mental health-

Kate:                     I was going through them because I signed on and I was working here with NRSNG a few months ago but I was going through some of the courses and it’s like making these concepts really come alive and making them make sense for the first time for me. I’ve been a nurse for six years and there’s things in there that’s like- I’m having all these ah-ha moments. It’s amazing the way that their structured. I find them incredibly helpful and great to reference later. I think they’re incredibly invaluable because we understood that PowerPoint reading struggle and wanting to just not do that.

Susan:                   It actually happens to me like that too. When I’m trying to get a concept to teach everybody, I will have these ah-ha moments and then the next thing I know I have an idea for a cheat sheet. I’m like I’ve got this whatever and I want to share it. I’m so excited to share it with you guys because those aren’t ah-ha moments just for me. That’s going to make all nurses awesome I think. Hopefully.

Speaker 1:           That’s the biggest thing. The three of us sat around. We’re generally doing most of the teaching of the courses right now. We sat around and we said what is it about our courses that is better than anyone else, that no one can replicate? What that really is, you guys, is that we spend a tremendous amount of time trying to find that ah-ha moment. Every disease process has that ah-ha moment and it’s not Lasix for heart failure. That’s not an ah-ha moment.

The ah-ha moments are those things that happen at the most random times. It’ll happen when I’m going for a walk. Susan was talking about she had a random moment, she was at the lake with friends or something. They happen at these random times as we ponder and really contemplate over these things. What was it that just made me understand heart failure finally? That’s what we’re putting in these courses.

Like she said, those a lot of times become the cheat sheets, which are free. We have 150, 200 of them right now. That’s just a huge growing database. There’s so much more to come. We have so much more to come and I can’t believe that it took me until now to realize that this is actually what I wanted in Nursing School.

Susan:                   Yes.

Kate:                     Bottom line, we get it. We get the PowerPoint reading struggle and we get it so much that we created what we wished we had.

Speaker 1:           Do what 500,000 other nursing students are doing and visit NRSNG once a month.

Susan:                   Absolutely. Get our free stuff. Go team!

Kate:                     Thanks guys.

Date Published - Apr 17, 2017
Date Modified - Apr 17, 2017

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.