eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Shirley Alvaro

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NURS450L, Fall 2013
NURS475L, Fall 2011
NURS330L, Spring 2010
NURS471L, Spring 2010
NURS471L, Fall 2009

Shirley Alvaro: NURS450L, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 450L - Comm, Public, & Globl Hlth Lab Crn (Section): 1469 (815)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.25 5 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%)
6. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%) 0 (0%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%) 0 (0%)
8. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.4 5 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%)
10. The instructor was able to clarify difficult course topics.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.8 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%)
11. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
12. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 5 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
13. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
14. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
15. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
16. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.6 5 1.34 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
18. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%)
19. Sufficient observation and supervision were provided.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%) 0 (0%)
20. The instructor was very helpful in my developing good clinical techniques.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%)
21. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Great to learn about the community resources.
I loved all the cultural aspects being an "out of towner". I learned a lot about the culture of native Hawaiians that I did not know.
I liked learning about all of the resources available in the community
I liked the topic of public health nursing and being able to go out into the community and make a difference. Also volunteering at places I typically would not have thought of going. So this class gave me that opportunity.
22. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Too many clinical hours required for a working nurse! Also, less variety required of clinical sites would have been helpful to getting hours since most places didn't want us only for a few hours at a time. That way we could develop a relationship with the organization as well.
I did not like the Windshield Survey and Community Assessment project. I understand the reasoning behind doing the project, but I would have rather had a shrunken down project completed myself about my own neighborhood. It would have been much more interesting and actually useful to me as a nurse in a neighborhood with needs after the course was completed.
I did not think that the students time was used effectively
As opposed to the other clinical group we were not presented with many opportunities from our clinical instructor to complete our volunteer hours.
23. What changes would you make in the clinical experiences?
The projects (population and community) were too lengthy and involved and very unclearly explained. These projects aren't friendly for an ADN to BS program. Also group work was difficult to coordinate with everyone's different schedules.
Allow the students to do more hours in one area. We have to do 180 hours of volunteer work, but many places do not want to bother with you if you are only going to come 1 day for a couple of hours. If we could do say 20 hours of volunteer work for one organization not only would we be welcomed to more organizations we would learn more about a particular organization and I would actually have felt like I made a difference.
I would like more direct contact in the community. I would like more of an organized and productive agenda for students.
I definitely would have a more solid plan for the clinical site. I know the YMCA was kind of last minute but we as a group did not feel that we were making a difference in the community. The YMCA was wonderful and they were very accommodating. But the other clinical group was able to see the fruits of their labor by planting a garden and obtaining clinical hours for maintaining it. Another aspect is this is supposed to be an online course minus our face to faces and clinical hours. We were made to print out every paper we wrote, evaluations, reflections, community assessment, and population based assessment. This became very expensive and time consuming considering most of us did not have a printer or had to replace ink every week. I believe we should have been told about this in the beginning so we could prepare for the cost and supplies required. I am only basing this on what my other classmates said but the other clinical group was not required to do any of this. Therefore I think it should be uniform throughout clinical instructors.
24. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was a difficult course, not for content but for time management. The content was interesting and eye-opening.
Good, but very stressful and time consuming.
I have to say that it was a very frustrating course that I think could have been better with more organized and respectful leadership.
I can honestly say I enjoyed my volunteer work I was required to do. The clinical at the YMCA was nice to work with the members of the glucofit team as well. My complaints are we were bombarded weekly with assignments we were unaware of and the assignment requirements changed week to week by our clinical instructor. I am the type that goes off the syllabus and does my work accordingly and not a big fan of surprises therefore I think there could be some changes in the syllabus of what is exactly expected. And considering it is an online class....Laulima should be utilized instead of printing everything.
25. Other comments:
Professor Alvaro needs to utilize the laulima site! She didn't use it at all. Also she requires most projects and assignments on paper which was really difficult. She doesn't utilize email for turning in assignments which is ridiculous for a mostly online program. Please have her utilize the computer more!
The start of the Community Assessment project was very confusing. Even with the examples it seemed very overwhelming and confusing. Maybe breakdown the project or change the project all together to be completed by individuals in their own town.
I appreciated the YMCA for letting us use their offices to meet and I appreciated learning about the community.

Shirley Alvaro: NURS475L, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 475L - Complex Nursing Practice Lab Crn (Section): 76176 (004)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.27 15 1.39 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 2 (13%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 15 1.3 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 10 (67%) 1 (7%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 15 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%) 0 (0%)
4. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 15 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 11 (73%) 1 (7%)
5. I developed leadership skills in this class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%) 2 (13%)
6. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%) 1 (7%)
7. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
9. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 9 (60%) 4 (27%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The clinical experience itself was phenomenal. I felt that I have learned the most from this semester and have better prepared myself for my future. However, the instructor was a great hindrance on my learning and diminished my overall experience.
The clinical hours of this class where vital to my nursing education. I feel that the time I spent in clinical this semester solidified many of the things I have been learning throughout nursing school. Without this semester I do not think that I would feel as confident as I am now to work as a RN.
My experiences in the OR and my mentor.
One on one clinical training with mentor.
Every clinical worked was valuable. I found the most valuable aspect of clinical was learning communication with the team and time management.
Clinical hours/ time and work with my preceptor
Applicationof quality management concepts in actual project
Working on the unit with my preceptor was most valuable.
The clinical portion
taking on the full patient load
Clinical experience and preceptorship
Clinical time.
Clinical hours were the most valuable. I learned a lot from my mentor and became more confident working on the floor.
11. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%) 2 (13%)
12. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.27 15 1.39 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 2 (13%)
14. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The clinical itself.
The clinical hours. The freedom to set my own schedule and work with different mentors. Proff Alvaro was easily approachable :)
OR
The QM paper
I enjoyed every minute of every clinical.
Clinical hours.
Hands on experience with little guidance and more independence. Able to learn to manage own time
Completing clinical hours
The clinical hours
She provided good feedback on assignments, but not on weekly reports.
communicating with other disciplines
Clinical experience, preceptorship, wonderful teacher
guest speakers
Going to clinicals
15. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The instructor. It started off as with orienting ourselves to our instructor and group, and things seemed fine until we got into the meat of the semester. She provided us with very little information on our projects and provided very little help aside from last minute feedback. She would require certain criteria and tell us, after she corrected our papers, that she had changed it. We would agree to certain guidelines, though the next time we saw her, she would claim that she said nothing of the sort. Even after multiple submissions of assignments, she claims she lost them or they could not be found in her email or files. Her emails were confusing, sarcastic, and insulting. She stresses professionalism, but does not practice it, as I have heard from staff on my unit that she openly expresses anger by yelling, and talking to people with an angry tone; yet we were reprimanded because we were saying 'hi, professor' or 'hey, professor' on the unit. There were no improvements of any of these categories throughout the semester.
I think that Proff. Alvaro was extremely difficult to communicate with and I did not feel that she contributed to my QM project. When she worked with me to refine my paper she would only critique my presentation (color of slides, APA format) but did not seem able to understand the content of my research. I would have to explain to her my QM project every time we met and she did not have any feedback for me regarding content. I also feel that she as unprofessional in her appearances to my clinical site. She seemed flustered and stressed, so much so that my mentor asked if she was ok. She was also unorganized, she didi not know how to use laulima for the first half of the semester so I was unable to submit assignments there. She required us to turn in hard copies and e-mail to two email addresses of all of our assignments.
QM Project
Having to submit weekly report on Laulima and by email to the instructor. One submission should be enough.
none.
Prof. Alvaro is unprofessional, unorganized, and out of her mind. She will literally bring up the QMP for example, mention something about clinical hours, then repeat word for word what she had originally said about the QMP all in the same sentance. She told me I looked ragged, which I thought was neither true nor relevant, and said she was personally "so disappointed" in me when I asked to leave the poster presentation 45 minutes early (it was a 5 hour presentation) in order to make it to work- a job which secures my RN position. She over uses quotation marks also, very weird.
Too many unnecessary assignments. It took away from the whole concept of the course.
The Quality Management project
Having to email the instructor assignments through her personal email and laulima.
working things out regarding the QM project because the professor didn't seem to know what was told to us in class.
Confusing QM guidelines
QM project.
16. Other comments:
I have never encountered a clinical instructor like this, throughout my previous semesters. I am sorely dissapointed to have such as instructor in my last semester, though it has been offset by my excellent clinical. I hope that other semesters will have a better experience. However, as of now, I would not recommend taking a clinical with this instructor, at all.
I suggest getting rid of the QM project and adding 50 extra clinical hours.
Professor Alvaro seemed very disorganized and stressed this semester. There would be miscommunication among us students. She would say one thing and mean another. It was very stressful to get through this semester.
I really appreciate my experience, thank you

Shirley Alvaro: NURS330L, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 330L - Professional Nursing I Lab Crn (Section): 85597 (006)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%) 3 (25%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
5. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
7. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
9. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
10. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
11. I utilize all the learning opportunities provided in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
12. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I learned skills that I could use for my present clinical experiences, as well, as my future experiences as a nurse. By practicing continuously, I was able to comprehend the course material thoroughly and also able to pass my final competency exam with flying colors!
Honestly, the most valuable aspect of this course was the fact that Professor Alvaro set her standards high. Yes, it was difficult and at times, and we found it "unfair" that we had it so hard, but at the end, we came out on top. We were ahead of everyone and were able to practice ALL of our new skills at our last clinical. Professor Alvaro also set up sessions for those who felt they needed more time to practice before their competency exam.
Having the opportunity to practice the skills that I learned in lecture and lab in a hospital setting on a live patient.
Clinicals!
What I value most about this course was learning how to use the equipments such as the otoscope and opthalmoscope. I felt like it was a good experience to work with the equipments because it helped me gain more knowledge on how to use the instruments more effectively. I also felt that everything learn in the lab is actually valuable because I will be using what I have learned in the real world.
Going to the clinical sites and interacting with patients
Hands on work with fellow classmates and patient volunteers.
What I found most valuable was learning how to properly do a health interview and physical assessment.
the hands on experience and demonstrations provided by the caring professor.
The clinical lab days where I get to practice the new skills (working in groups and independently) I learned in dry lab and lecture.
14. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
15. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
16. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 12 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%)
18. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
19. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
20. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
21. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
23. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Professor Alvaro was very helpful in assisting her students in areas they may need help with. For instance, I needed more help understanding different parts of the physical examination and Professor Alvaro took time to help me practice and learn more about this material. She was available outside of class and made sure that her students were fully comprehending the material.
Same as #13.
Professor Alvaro was readily available outside of class and graded our assignments on time.
She was very strict and meticulous, which made me work and try my best to learn the procedures.
Professor Alvaro is a very intelligent and friendly teacher. She was very helpful and answered my questions whenever I asked. I liked how she pushed our clinical class further then the other instructors.
She tried to be available to all students and was willing to answer all questions.
Professor Alvaro pushed us to become the best nursing students by making our curriculum more difficult than others. At first I complained, but I realized that I gained more than other students. However we did have some miscommunications, so maybe working more on communicating with students effectively especially with time and dates when it comes to meetings.
I liked how she always encouraged us to do our best even though her standards were quite high.
always reachable by email or cell phone, and is always super happy to see us! it makes us feel so much closer to her as a professor. but she was more to us than that, she became a friend to us all, and we really bonded as a class
She thoroughly explains each procedure and the concept behind it. She is also ready to answer any questions asked.
24. Other comments:
One thing that I would like to point out is that Professor Alvaro grades harshly. No matter how hard anyone tried, it never seemed to be enough. Week after week, we all tried our best to get full credit on our write-ups, but NO ONE could achieve that. We were always just shy... For example, I wrote one REALLY good write-up. I was sure I would get an awesome grade, but I was wrong. Even my partner had a better grade then me... and I did all the work (he/she just photo copied my stuff). It just sucks that I put so much effort into something and I don't feel like I got the grade I deserved.
Great teacher and course, but sometimes, teacher becomes lost and contradicts what she is saying. She also needs to be more flexible with her times and stick to her own schedule to prevent her students from feeling stressed about signing up for midterm evaluation times, or competency times.
I would like if Professor Alvaro was more specific in what she wanted. I feel that sometimes she changes the curriculum back and forth, and it really confused me a little. For example, she would say that we need to do this certain examination for the competency, but later on in the semester tells us that we don't need to do it anymore.
We were given more work than we were supposed to; but I guess it was helpful at the end because we became better nursing students and learned more.

Shirley Alvaro: NURS471L, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 471L - Community Health Nursing Lab Crn (Section): 86434 (004)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%) 0 (0%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%)
5. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 6 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
6. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%) 0 (0%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 0 (0%)
9. The instructor was able to clarify difficult course topics.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 0 (0%)
10. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
11. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
13. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%)
14. The instructor was very helpful in my developing good clinical techniques.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%)
15. Other comments:
Don't like how the course was set up. Not being assigned to one preceptor during the semester made it difficult. Looking for home visits and things to do weekly was a hassle for students as public health nurses did not have schedules in advance. Having no preceptor made it seem like there was no focus, feeling very lost at times. Self directed learning is great but didn't work for me in this class. I rather be assigned to a preceptor and follow her throughout the semester.

Shirley Alvaro: NURS471L, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 471L - Community Health Nursing Lab Crn (Section): 73048 (002)     73049 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 5 (56%) 1 (13%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.75 8 1.39 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.25 8 1.39 Freq(%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.5 8 1.31 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%)
6. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.43 7 1.4 Freq(%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (33%) 1 (14%)
7. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 1 (13%)
8. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 8 1.75 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.88 8 1.25 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%)
10. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.5 8 1.51 Freq(%) 3 (38%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%)
11. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.75 8 1.28 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%)
12. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.25 8 1.49 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 1 (13%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
This is a perfect example of why it is so awful to register last (as every semester) because we all got stuck with the last choice (Alvaro) and we all had a miserable, useless community health semester. Coimmunity health is a main interest as mine as well, I spent the last 2 summers doing community health nursing and this lab had nothing to do with community health.
This class provided an opporunity to do a community asseessment. I feel this is a valuable assignment but that it is executed very poorly. There is not enough guidance and I feel this paper is over my head at this level. I think most of the paper that was turned in was a lot of guesswork.
None.
None, I'm glad its over with. Communicating with this instructor was a nightmare. She micromanages. She's inprofessional, i.e. answering cell phone and conversing while students are presenting; though she states its for the purpose of the students that she answers her phone, it gives off quite an image when formal student presentations are occuring for agency staff. Evaluations were not credible, remarks such as unprofessional/ rude/ need to improve communication (addressed to multiple students)could not be evidenced or proved by anything, but instead reflected moreso her own behaviors. With high expectattions of student, time was very important: students were scolded for getting gas during clinical since its something that should be done ahead of time, yet late arrivals by the instructor was ok. I felt confidentiality was not maintained, when she left open folders in a public room that revealed student social security numbers and personal information. She appeared to target certain students who voiced their opinions, such as suggestions to lessen driving times and those who needed to clarify assignment info. This was a very stressful clinical, in which one could not feel comfortable to speak up and not be targeted. Though all syllabus reqs were fulfilled, students were lectured about not attending more outside community functions independently.
NOT the instructor
Instructor let us shadow a Public Health Nurse to learn more about community nursing. Group project and interaction.
Team work was valuable. I guess the community paper was sort of valuable because I learned some.
I enjoyed the home visits in this course. This allowed the students to take charge and really work with their skills and community.
Getting a variety of experiences in different public locations (health center, housing, apartments, schools)
I would have to say the home visits and case study. Everything was valuable to my learning about community health.
her passion, patient teaching encourage me to stay on the track.
teaching and home visits
Clinical activities, supervision, postconference, extra activities such as vaccination, community teaching, dry-lab exercises.
14. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 2 (22%)
15. The instructor adjusts to fit individual abilities and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (25%) 3 (33%)
16. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.13 8 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
17. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
18. The instructor tells students when they have done especially well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
19. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
20. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 3 (38%)
21. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.13 8 1.81 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%)