So I need help. I've been a nurse for 6 years now. I have a BSN & an MSN and am also a CNM. I've worked 4 years in critical care and the past two years in labor and deliver at a large suburban hospital. I've precepted several students and have always had positive experiences with them. I was not planning on taking another student this semester as I finally am transitioning into full scope midwifery practice but the local nursing school
was desperate so they talked me into taking one last student. So in January, this student, let's call her Alice, started with me. When Alice first started she seemed very unsure of herself. She's a student though so not unexpected, even though this is her last rotation before graduation. But I got my teach on. We discussed anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, walked through procedures at least 10 times, I stayed after every single shift to work with her, and she always went home with printed out policies and articles to read up on so we could discuss on our next shift. I felt like I was seeing improvement but I was always right there with her helping with her during the first 6 weeks of her rotation. When we had her midterm evaluation with her faculty member, Alice was told she was to take the primary role and I was to back off. So that's what I've been doing. Unless safety is in jeopardy, I've kept my hands off. And Alice is crashing and burning. To the point where I'm not sure how she's made it this far in her program. She is lazy, refuses to do basic nursing tasks such as starting IVs, and will just go hide to get out of things. We admit a patient. I go in to the room with Alice, she just stands there. I say "Ok, go ahead and get started." She says (in front of the patient mind you) "well, I haven't done many IVs so why don't I watch you one more time?" I say " you only have 2 weeks left, you only have so many chances left ... " Patient chimes in "I want you to start my IV please DWelly14!" .... opportunity lost. Fast forward to when the patient is complete. Alice is nowhere to be found. I'm in pushing with her and the charge nurse has to find her. Several of my coworkers have commented on her behavior to me, I've confronted her on it and she always makes excuses, and I've now emailed her faculty.
My question to all of you is do you have any tips for what to do? I feel bad just recommending that she not pass but at this point she only has 3-4 shifts left with me and I'm getting really frustrated with her. I'm really not willing to take her for any longer than the originally assigned amount of time because of the behavior I've observed. I feel like she's skated by through her whole program somehow and now she's finally having to actually do it and she can't. Help!