CCU BSN RN, BSN, RN: I loved your post and it inspired me to share one of my "it takes a village" experiences from nursing school as well, and would love to hear other people's stories!
It was my last quarter of nursing school and I was doing my practicum in the ER. The ER is large and fairly spread out, and one part of the ER is a short walk down the hall and back behind the rest of the department. My nurse and I were assigned more towards the front of the department in the pediatric ER.
I was in my patient's room when I heard a nurse at the station say "has anyone seen the nursing student?" I poked my head out of the room and there was a nurse (one of my favorite nurses, actually!) who was talking to my preceptor. The nurse said to my preceptor "mind if I steal your student for a bit?" and then asked me if I wanted to go with her and access a power port. I said yes, and she took me back down the hall and to her station which was in the part of the department that was down the hall.
Her and a second nurse sat me down at the nurse's station and together we watched a YouTube video on the skill. Then they both helped me gather the supplies and had me access the port, while they helped and walked me through the skill. With their encouragement, and a wonderfully kind patient, I was able to do it mostly by myself! It made me feel so fortunate and lucky to be in a department where nurses will go even a step further and search out the student to do an interesting skill. I had never experienced it before my practicum in that department. Granted this wasn't like an everyday thing, but that wasn't the only time a nurse did that! I can think of at least two other times off the top of my head where a nurse in the ER came and got me when there was an interesting skill to do. It was also wonderful because many of the physicians would explain concepts to me, explain why a medication or order was given, give me feedback or teach me for a few minutes after a code or after sedating a patient for intubation, or even take me into the physician workroom to show me an interesting x-ray that my patient had and explained what I was seeing. The other two students who had their practicum in this ER had very similar experiences, I think the culture there is just amazing. It really was, as CCU BSN said, an "it takes a village" type situation.
One of the preceptors that I had, who has worked in that ER for about 15 years, loved to constantly remind me "we don't eat our young here in the ER, we feed them!"
I can't wait to be able to do that for a student someday, wherever I end up.