I haven't had a student follow me around in quite awhile, so I thought it would be valuable to ask all of you -- students and nurses who've had students -- what's the best way to get the most out of the experience?
If you're a nurse and you've done this before, how did you do it and what would you do differently?
If you're a student, what would you like to achieve?
You all have such excellent ideas here, I'd like to give the students I work with the very best of my expertise.
Oct 25, '07
In my area there is not a lot of hands on for the students.
This is more part of their clinical rotation to observe the different areas of Nursing.
I take 3 students with me Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I have 40 students to work my way through.
The same 3 students I have on both days.
I ask them questions about what their goals are in nursing, which area they think they may like to work in.
I take them to interesting patients so they can see the vast differences in illnesses/ diseases and how we cope with their symptom management.
I always try to take them to my deaf and mute couple to see how we communicate effectively.
I love it and I LOVE IT MORE when the students are keen. I had 3 students that arrived in high heels, make up plastered on and *sigh* they were so girlie girlie. Hmmmm not sure they are reallllly going to cope being a nurse. Not one of them asked questions or showed any interest really. Now they were tough to have for 2 days. I do hope they find what they wish to do.
Be open to their questions, invite them to always ask if they are unsure of what you are doing.
The more you show them, allow for hands on, review at the end of the day the things they got to see or do. They will respect you and always remember their time with you.
I am sure you will do a splended job
Do let us know how you enjoyed this.
Last edit by Sabby_NC on Oct 25, '07
Oct 25, '07
It would be nice if one of the nurses actually talked to us. Most of the time, we stand around bored because the nurses don't want to be bothered with us. We want to learn! I want to be the best nurse I can, but I can't accomplish that when we're basically told to get lost. When students are on the floor, I talk to them and find out what they're allowed to do and what they aren't. Of course, I'm just a NA, and I can't guide them, but I can help them along the way with little things like help with a bath, taking patients to the bathroom, and answering questions like where is the linen cart.
As an aside here, last week I had to do my first post mortem care with no nurse to help me (haven't had this discussion in school yet either). One of the RN students so graciously volunteered to help me and she had no experience with it either. We got through it... even though it was like the blind leading the blind. When we were done, she thanked me for letting her help and then gave me a hug. It meant a lot to me. After it was all over, I found her instructor and told her what a good job she had done and I really appreciated her help.
Last edit by Ms Kylee on Oct 25, '07