Continuing education gone haywire

Stories - Notes CrazyThe first time I taught a class for continuing education credits, it was a nightmare.

In order to be able to give 1 CEU, it has to be at least 60 minutes in length including registration and paperwork.

I had the first time jitters to say the least; more like the earthquake shakes.

In order to make sure I covered the content completely, I had printed my script to go along with the slides. I had heard it was a good way to stay on task.

I also had extra notes with me such as normal lab values, medications that inhibited wound healing, and a glossary of terms that was longer than the book of Psalms.

I printed everyone a copy of the presentation in color, gave them all ink pens and clip boards…I was prepared!  I even brought pizza for the nurses to eat during the lunch hour class and had peel and stick name tags.

The first thing to go wrong was that it took 30 minutes to do the name tags, registration and fill their plates.

I only had 30 minutes left to give a 45 minute lecture.

Now, remember, these nurses are trying to eat pizza, which meant they were getting up and down to get drink refills, or go for the cookies I had also brought while I was speaking.

But the bigger fiasco was the projector. I didn’t practice with it and I couldn’t get it to work. It was old and it took 10 minutes to warm up.

At least I had come a little early to pass out the presentation along with every supporting article about pressure ulcers I could find.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Are you keeping time? I have 20 minutes left to talk for 45 minutes.

I had a horrible speech habit of saying “Uhm, uhm” every few minutes. I looked at the clock and 10 minutes had disappeared.

I was only on slide 3 so I decided to read my notes. After all I was an avid reader and could usually finish most books I wanted to read in a day. I read my notes so fast that I finished the first half of the presentation in about 10 minutes.

Someone actually stood up and screamed stop!  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I burst into laughter, decided to forgo the test at the end of the presentation and actually tossed my notes aside and had fun with it.

I dreaded the evaluations that they had to turn in but they were kind, encouraging in fact. I got a lot of good comments and some constructive criticism that I hold to even now that I am a more polished speaker. If you ever have an opportunity to come to a lecture I am giving in the future, remind me of this story and I will deny it!

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