Originally posted by rhona1
What would you say impresses you the most about a new student?
How about the least? What sends you off the deep end?
How do you wish the students would appraoch you?
I am looking forward to all the help the nurses on the floor can give me but I don't want to act improperly. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Great questions to ask us old timers in nursing, rhona1...
The thing that impresses me the most about a new student is his/her eagerness to learn. They come to clinicals excited with a smile on their face and an attitude to match. Do your best to maintain a disposition like this, and don't let the stress get you down to the point of losing touch with why you want to become a nurse in the first place.
The thing that least impresses me the most about a new student is when they are easily frustrated and want to quit before giving nursing a try. It's a transitional shock going from the textbooks, lab, and nursing instructors to the clinical setting where you will see so many strange and unbelievable sights, knowing one day you will be the one calling the shots in regards to your own patients. Just relax, breathe easy, and know that every nurse begins as a nursing student, and becoming a graduate nurse still gives one the jitters initially.
Things that sent me off the deep end were nursing students who were impatient to learn and lazy in their approach to becoming a nurse. Most students are eager to learn, but there are some that have an attitude unfitting for working with sick people. Made me wonder why the heck they were in nursing school.
I like students to feel comfortable in approaching me, so I always take the first initiative to break the barrier of fear present in them by introducing myself to them, letting them know I am there for them if they have any questions, or would like to watch any procedures I may have to do on patients, etc. Since I use to teach clinicals to CNA students, and worked as a preceptor of new nursing grads before, I understand firsthand the questions that pervade students and new grads minds when it comes to working with the "seasoned nurses" for the first time. When I worked Pediatrics, pedi student nurses were always tailing after me, asking me things, etc. before they would approach other nurses on the unit. Their instructor told my Nurse Manager nice things that the students said about me, so I knew whatever I was doing to help them was indeed what they liked to receive from a seasoned nurse.