I had a wonderful clinical experience when I was training (not that long ago either as I graduated in 99)
not all of the nurses were as kind and nurturing as I figured all nurses should be, but they did provide me with the reality that we all have different personalities and that we all have to get along in the workplace regardless.
its a shame when nurses get frustrated or make snide remarks about having a student. I heard the occasional sarcastic comment while doing my clinical rotations but I found that we were paired up with nurses who enjoyed teaching and who were organized enough to be able to precept properly.
I agree that instructors and nurses in the hospital who help to train students or even new nurses should be more accepting and accomodating
however, as the good old cliche goes - there are 2 sides (if not 3 or 4 that is) to every story.
many times the nurses on the floor are not informed in advance that they will have a student, I've seen this on my unit personaly ,and many times the patient acuity and staffing are just so out of proportion that its hard to be the nurturing florence nightengale incarnate that you want to always be.
I dont think that the nurses or students you speak of left just because of the way they were treated by nurses on the floor or instructors. that may very well be a part of why they left , but not the whole reason. Its far easier to blame your choices on other peoples behaviour than it might be to be honest with people.
nursing isnt a cake walk , people may not understand that when they sign up for it but its brutal,hands on , grueling and TOUGH
you are gonna encounter people who are not supportive in any area you study or any career you choose, human nature quite literally is a B*tch sometimes.
before we play the blame game we should consider that many of these nurses have been placed in horrible working conditions with unsafe patient assignments. They have a license to protect, a license that they worked incredibly hard to achieve and a license that they are going to have to work even harder to maintain.
so I say yes, embrace students and new grads with open arms, share your wisdom with them, try to show them the positives about the profession (of which there are TONS I might add) and keep doing what youre doing!
to the students/new grads I would say, look with your eyes and understand with your brain all the while feeling with your heart.Understand that the superhero nurses you see on tv or hear about are a myth, and that the everyday hero nurses are allowed to have a day where they dont love their profession 100%!
dont let a few snide comments drag you down, I'm not justifying any of that kind of behaviour , but it shouldnt be the end of your career aspirations , if nursing is what you really want to do , youre gonna do it regardless, plain and simple.
None of us do this crazy three ring circus we call nursing just for a job, its far more than that.
even if all the nurses were permasmile, fake happy all the time there would still be a nursing shortage, sure more people would be encouraged to go into the profession but it would be a disaster of a different kind , a surplus if you will of nurses who cannot get the jobs they want because they are all taken (thats not too encouraging either is it?)
when playing the numbers game we will never get it bang on , when you play the blame game there is more than enough to go around to just about everyone, instead of doing that, lets try to figure this all out to keep nurses happy and nursing a satisfying job for all involved in this wonderful profession.