Quick question....are these student nurses young or 2nd career types? I ask because I am a 2nd career type and even while in pre-reqs, I have come SO close to losing my cool with people...usually the teeny-boppers who are fresh out of highschool and don't take this as seriously as I think they should. The lack of maturity and disrespect for those who are trying to teach you something just galls me. But then I remind myself that these lackies are my competition for NS and if that's what I'm up against, I have nothing to fear.
Caitlyn had me rolling with her compressions example. Yea, I can see being hesitant and I may be as well, but I'm 10 years older than you and if you have the experience, then I have no problem following your lead.
As for the hygiene....I gave up my artificial nails while taking pre-reqs, I bought a $20 wedding band that has NO embellishments, just simple smooth tungsten so it can't collect germs, and I've been toying with various up-dos that'll take 5 minutes to style when I crawl out of bed for another 12-hour shift because clearly, I'll have more important things to worry about.
As far as hanging around the desk gossipping......I thought nurses were too busy to pee, much less gossip.....or am I wrong??