eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Norman Reeves

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NURS505L, Fall 2013
NURS513L, Spring 2013
NURS503, Fall 2012
NURS505L, Fall 2012

Norman Reeves: NURS505L, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 505L - Foundations of Nurs. Sci. Lab Crn (Section): 1363 (312)    
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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 7 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 0 (0%)
6. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.71 7 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%)
11. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
12. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%) 0 (0%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
15. The instructor is not confused by unexpected questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
16. The instructor is skillful in observing student reactions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
17. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
18. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
19. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%)
20. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%)
21. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
22. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
23. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
24. The instructor was professional.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
25. Lab reports are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
26. Other comments:
Professor Reeves could have taught us more or we would have gained more clinical experience if some of the nurses at this location were more student-friendly. For those nurses who were student-friendly, we made the most of the experience with Mr. Reeves there to help guide us and knowing he wouldn't be upset if we forgot a step or made a mistake. He would cue us, correct us and would defend us too if some nurses on the floor were unprofessional/impatitent. Overall, my experience at Straub was a good one and we had a great group that worked well and respected each other.
The only problem I encountered is that Norm did not always communicate effectively to the students. There were a couple of times where he was not around and the students I asked were unsure of his whereabouts. He could have possibly told one of the students before he left. If he did not, then I would suggest that he keeps one of us in the know of where he is so that we can share the information with the rest of our peers. Other than that, I enjoyed having Norm as an instructor. He is very knowledgable and is always open to answer any questions that we have. I think that he also did a great job of helping us to be more confident in ourselves. Thank you Norm!
I think it was probably hard for Norm to jump right in at the beginning of the semester. We were anxious because we didn't have a faculty yet for Straub. Norm had extra challenges with the Straub unit, too. They were not happy to have us and were not always receptive even to Norm's presence. Norm is very nice and incredibly encouraging and patient. He should be teaching advanced nursing skill courses related to cardiac/ekg/etc...he seems to know an amazing amount in the area of cardiac nursing! He is amazing for skills testing. He really helps the students feel less intimidated but still learn a lot.
I feel this instructor was not as involved as an instructor should be. He seemed very disorganized and had a lot going on personally which seemed to distract him. Many times I feel as if he is not even present. The majority of the time we would have to go in and assign our own patients. This included us as a group getting information from the charge nurse and sorting through the patients ourselves. This is something the instructor should be doing, not the students. I don't think it's appropriate for students to be at the clinical site without their instructor while getting pre-care information and it made us feel uncomfortable.

Norman Reeves: NURS513L, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 513L - Nurs Care Across Lifespan Lab Crn (Section): 3448 (333)    
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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 7 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
8. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
9. What did you like best about the course?
I enjoyed working with patients and getting a chance to practice my skills. I also think our post-conferences were helpful in reviewing old concepts and learning new ones.
Norm is a very knowledgeable clinical instructor. He is the best I have had in the program. He is one of the few instructors that can adequately answer my questions.
I enjoyed the community clinical most during the course. I was glad that I was able to get some experience with public health nursing, especially since it is my intended track. I understand the need to learn about acute nursing, but it was nice to learn things that I am interested in.
Everything!
10. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think the community aspect of the clinical would have been a better experience if our group had stuck together as one group instead of being divided up into four separate groups at two different locations. I felt that it was hard to collaborate with other people in the group and felt that it was hard to get a cohesive learning experience when we were all focused on our own projects instead of working together.
Norm is extremely knowledgeable in the subjects of pharmacology and pathophysiology. I really enjoyed our debriefings as he was easily able to make sense out of all the questions I had accumulated over the clinical day. He is able to describe things in such a way that I am able to learn and retain the information not only for that day, but apparently still. We have spoken to Norm and suggested ways to structure lectures on the basis of MEPN capabilities. It appears that he has applied our suggestions in his debriefings at Straub. Thank you Norm for all your knowledge and help!
11. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.71 7 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
12. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
13. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
14. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 1.5 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
15. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
16. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
17. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
18. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
19. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
20. The instructor was professional.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
21. Other comments:
On the first day of our community clinical, we were split up into groups and assigned our separate projects by the public health nurses. While I understand that this helps us get a good experience of a public health nurse and what they do on a regular basis, I don't feel that it correlated with the intentions of the course. Because we were split up, it was very difficult to put together a cohesive poster presentation of the community that incorporated all our separate interventions. It was hard to coordinate our work between our separate projects and then coming together for our community assessment. Also, there were some other issues that arose from this. For example, we were at different sites and felt that it was sometimes a waste of time to drive to another location just to meet up for a short pre-conference and then drive back to our primary location. I don't think there's anything wrong with the public health nurses giving the students some projects to work on, but in the future, I think that the students should stay as a group and take on all the projects (or choose a few specific ones) together.
Thanks Norm!
We had a few issues with the clinical hours this semester. I think the breakdown of the hours and the course syllabi needs to looked at and revised. Although I did not have an issue with putting in the work and hours necessary for the course, it was still confusing and caused a few issues with the group.

Norman Reeves: NURS503, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 503 - Pharmacology for Nursing Pract Crn (Section): 1178 (311)    
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  
5.12 36 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 30 (83%) 4 (11%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 36 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 31 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 36 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 11 (31%) 22 (61%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.08 36 1.11 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 7 (19%) 14 (39%) 8 (22%) 4 (11%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 36 1.14 Freq(%) 4 (11%) 5 (14%) 14 (39%) 9 (25%) 4 (11%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 36 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 9 (25%) 13 (36%) 9 (25%)
7. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.42 36 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 11 (31%) 13 (36%) 5 (14%)
8. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.37 36 1.14 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 4 (11%) 10 (28%) 13 (36%) 5 (14%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.19 36 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 9 (25%) 9 (25%) 12 (33%) 4 (11%)
10. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 36 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 7 (19%) 10 (28%) 14 (39%) 4 (11%)
11. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 36 1.17 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 6 (17%) 8 (22%) 14 (39%) 5 (14%)
12. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.14 36 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 8 (22%) 9 (25%) 13 (36%) 3 (8%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 36 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 6 (17%) 9 (25%) 19 (53%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.46 36 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 10 (28%) 12 (33%) 6 (17%)
15. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 36 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 10 (28%) 14 (39%) 9 (25%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 36 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 14 (39%) 19 (53%)
17. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 36 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (19%) 18 (50%) 9 (25%)
18. Audiovisual materials (or computers) used in this course were well chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.34 36 1.08 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 5 (14%) 12 (33%) 11 (31%) 5 (14%)
19. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 36 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 20 (56%) 9 (25%)
20. The facilities were adequate.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.61 36 1.1 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 4 (11%) 7 (19%) 16 (44%) 7 (19%)
21. The assigned projects were appropriate to the level of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 36 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 24 (67%) 8 (22%)
22. The instructor's examples and demonstrations were clear and concise.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.25 36 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 8 (22%) 13 (36%) 9 (25%) 5 (14%)
23. The instructor explained the underlying rationale for techniques or styles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 36 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (14%) 10 (28%) 14 (39%) 6 (17%)
24. Other comments:
I was very disappointed with the quality of instruction for this course. The lectures were disorganized and ill-prepared or non-existent. Class was cancelled several times at the last minute and the professor consistently arrived late or ended early. Although the professor seemed knowledgeable about the subject area he was unable to communicate his knowledge or teach the material to the students. The tests did not reflect the material given in class or truly assess whether the students had learned the material. I passed the class by reading the book and by memorizing the review questions given the day before an exam. I do not feel that I actively learned any of the material and believe this class was a waste of my time and my money. I will probably have to pay another university to retake this course.
I liked the outlines provided before the lecture because it also helped focus my reading and studying.
Norm is a really nice person and is so intelligent in his field, but I think that he is too smart to be teaching an introductory course. I feel like I do not have a good foundation in Pharmacology because many of the drugs and topics were thrown at us without any detailed explanations and sometimes without a lecture on it. When there were no outlines or powerpoints, I felt that he often went off topic and it was unclear to me whether the topic of discussion was important to know or not. Although I am passing the class, I do not think my grade reflects my true understanding in the topic. I wish our classroom had a white board or something a bit more interactive than just a TV screen.
One of the biggest hinderances to this class was the classroom itself. The class was not very conducive to learning due to it not having a whiteboard. I think a whiteboard would give the ability to plan things out or draw them out accordingly to help explain subject matter further.
Norm is very knowledgable and helpful but his lectures need structure.
Outlines/lecture notes were not provided until towards the end of the semester. It would have been nice to have these from the beginning since lectures were often disorganized and difficult to follow.
I think Norm is a very smart person, but the material could have been delivered more effectively in an organized manner. With more time, I believe he will be able to teach the class in a more structured fashion.
Norm has great subject knowledge and he is incredibly approachable. He shows concern for all students and clearly wants us all to do well. I really like that he uses personal nursing experiences in lecture to demonstrate the use of certain drugs.
I expect lectures to be opportunities to solidify our readings and offer opportunities to provide clarification on things we do not understand. I felt that lectures were instead very experience-based (based upon our professor's tele experience) and sometimes beyond our understanding; in this sense they seemed impertinent/'over our heads'. We are beginning nursing students who needed to develop a strong foundation in pharmacology. We needed a professor who understood this and walked us through from fundamentals to more complex concepts.
Norm was very knowledgeable about the subject matter, however many of the lectures were not organized in a way that promoted the best learning for novice pharmacology students. We did not cover many of the most frequently used drugs enough in class, in particular antibiotics, antifungals, and psych meds. It is impossible to cover every medication available for any particular system but I feel that by covering the most common medications and describing their use and function in a very basic manner would have resulted in a better overall understanding by the entire class.
Mr. Reeves is very understanding to the concerns of students. I think he provides the necessary attention to students who have concerns to the subject matter. Mr. Reeves is patient and very thorough in explaining concepts on a one-to-one basis. He is compassionate and caring towards his students. I would strongly recommend him to other fellow nursing students.
There were only 3-4 well organized lectures throughout the entire semester. The information was not delivered in a clear and organized manner, and was often not delivered at all. This is a very important course and I do not feel that the level of teaching was sufficient or appropriate for graduate students.
This doesn't have to do with Norm but having a whiteboard for him to use would have been extremely helpful in this course.
There is no doubt that this professor is very knowledgable about the course content. The only thing is that I didn't feel that the information assisted me in applying the content during my clinical. I pretty much had to read the entire book to get a general understanding of how things work.
Although I have no doubt of the teacher's knowledge, I didn't learn anything in class. All my knowledge was done by reading myself. He did not give a foundation of pharmacology. The teacher was not effective in his teaching style and often went on tangents during class which wasted valuable time.
I enjoyed being in Norm's class.
We seemed to skip over the intro into pharmacology and I never got a grasp of the basics. There were many classes that we did not go over any material. The days that there were outlines were much better but there were only a few of those days throughout the semester. I do not feel as though I have an adequate grasp on pathophysiology. There was little organization to the course.
I like having lectures. When he lectures it is a great class.
Norm is.a great, caring teacher. He is.the.one.instructor.that.i.believe truly.gives.a.damn..about the.students.
Although the semester started off a little rough for me personally- because I had absolutely no background in pharmacology and wished to have more straight forward, simplified presentations of the drugs before being presented with NCLEX questions, by the end of the semester, I felt like the weekly lessons were very helpful (i.e GREAT!). Personally, I have a hard time learning solely from textbook reading. I am a very visual, auditory learner so I really loved Norm's classes that consisted of outlines, and supplemental slides. Norm is SO KNOWLEDGEABLE in this subject and is a wonderful presenter of material. So, when an outline and a few slides were provided, the classes were awesome! It was just the few times we only went over NCLEX questions that I felt lost because at that point, I really just wanted to learn the drugs- to have someone explain them, break them down, give real-life examples of when to use them. I wasn't too worried about the NCLEX at that point because we still had a lot of time to study and prepare for it and before we can learn how NCLEX questions work, we first have to learn the material/content that will be on the NCLEX. Overall, I really liked Norm as a professor and as a clinical instructor! He's great to learn from and just to talk to! And, when he did that in class- talked us through the drugs- I grew so much! Thanks Norm! As far as facilities go, I think the building administration needs to provide Norm and his students with a classroom which contains a whiteboard- so that they can use it to map out concepts, etc. Norm did a great job of using the resources he had in the classroom to teach the students! Thanks!

Norman Reeves: NURS505L, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 505L - Foundations of Nurs. Sci. Lab Crn (Section): 1187 (312)    
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  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.83 8 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
7. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
8. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
10. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
11. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
12. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
15. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
17. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
18. Sufficient observation and supervision were provided.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%)
19. The instructor was very helpful in my developing good clinical techniques.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.63 8 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%)
20. How can the laboratory be improved?
I think the biggest area of improvement is communication with the nurses at the facility. It is very difficult to figure out and work with the RNs at the site. Maybe having the professor be the ice breaker would help.
There was a fairly large gap between the techniques and skills performed between the lab and the clinical site. Moving forward, I would like that gap to smaller and feel that what I am being taught in the lab is preparing me for real like situations.
21. Other comments:
I really liked how Norm took the time to go through diagnostic lab results and the pathophysiology of disease with me. This really help me to apply and remember concepts in these areas. Norm clearly has excellent subject knowledge and I felt confident that whenever I had a question or problem he would help me to solve it.
None at this time.
Might be beneficial to have smaller clinical groups. Often difficult to access Norm for questions/assistance with procedures as he is often occupied with assisting other students. Also, would have been nice to have some type of orientation to the unit and staff in order to improve communication. It took several weeks before it was clear to us students what our role is on the unit and what is expected of us.