rules for student nurses - page 4

I've seen the thread rules for the ER, rules for the OB, and the one about wackos in the class and I thought of starting one for students. Rules for student nurses. 1. If you didn't study,... Read More

  1. by   Megsd
    Quote from Montessori Mommy
    Don't put classmates down to faculty members to make yourself look better. They know what you are doing, and it will reflect badly on you.
    Ooh, yes. One of my classmates last quarter felt targetted by our director for some unprofessional comments she made (she said it was nurses eating their young, I say they were really inappropriate and jaw-dropping comments). In retaliation for these accusations against her, she told the director "But AMY said ____________ and JESSICA said _______________ and THEY didn't get in trouble!" and then TOLD other students (not the ones she tattled on) that she tattled on them.

    Now none of us trust her and barely say anything in her presence for fear of being ratted out to the director. A rule along those lines:

    Nursing school is like your first nursing job, and your instructors may one day be your coworkers. Treat them as colleagues and watch your mouth.

    Also, before you complain to an instructor about how awful the assigned book is, look through the front of it to make sure they didn't write the book. :uhoh21:
  2. by   hikernurse
    Quote from Megsd
    Also, before you complain to an instructor about how awful the assigned book is, look through the front of it to make sure they didn't write the book. :uhoh21:
    Yeah, that one could get ugly

    Stick with your nurse--or at least stay close enough to know what's going on. Lots of students miss opportunities to do "cool stuff" because they're off looking busy instead of being busy. The nurses don't have time to come look for you when the doctor is in the room and needs assistance with an exam or when the pt is at the right stage of pre-medication for a dressing change. And if you DO happen to miss something, please don't whine about it .

    Also let your nurse know if there's something you'd like experience with--even if they don't have patients who need that done, most are willing to keep an ear open for the opportunity and tell you--even if the pt belongs to another nurse.

    And although hanging with your classmates is lots more comfortable than staying around a crowded nurses station, at some point you're going to have to make that leap from identifying yourself as a student to identifying yourself as a nurse and you may as well start now:wink2:

    I sound kind of bossy here, don't I . . .
  3. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from Megsd
    Also, before you complain to an instructor about how awful the assigned book is, look through the front of it to make sure they didn't write the book. :uhoh21:

    That could be aquward.
  4. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from samaletta
    10. ALWAYS, and I repeat, ALWAYS, have your ducks in a row. And if that means not sleeping more than 2 hours the night before clinical, then so be it. You have to be prepared.
    Yes, going to clinicals on no sleep sounds like a great preparation. NOT!

    I say give it your best shot to be prepared (not leaving it all to the last minute might help) but being well-rested trumps staying up all night "preparing."
  5. by   AussieTina
    Quote from Megsd
    before you complain to an instructor about how awful the assigned book is, look through the front of it to make sure they didn't write the book. :uhoh21:

    Also before you decide to plagarise a large section of an essay from a book you found in the library, make sure that your instructer did not write it using their maiden name, insist that it is your own work and then try to complain when you are removed from the nursing program :roll .

    True story, very funny
  6. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from semisweetchick
    Beg to differ.

    No, carefully considering questions I'm unsure about won't make the answers "fall into my head," but it may allow me to reason out the correct answer. Our teachers mainly use NCLEX-style questions, and I often do take extra time on the test to go back and ponder the questions I was unsure of. Very often, this helps me derive the correct response.

    Not that I don't study before tests....
    I've done that myself, and it does help when I get a question I have trouble with. Sometimes one of the other questions I did get will lead me to the answer on the one I have trouble with.

    The classmate I was talking about didn't study at all, and got extra time to finish the test. She got an F, and one of the tests she didn't finish the terms definitions part, because she didn't know them. Another classmate also needed the extra time to take the test. She studied and passed the test.
  7. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from Jessica 392
    14. When you're at clinical, having only 1 or maybe 2 pts to take care of, give the CNAs (caring for probably 3x that many pts) a break; empty the laundry bags...change the bedding...feed your pts their supper...don't ask the CNA to feed your pt for your because it's "their job," & don't expect a big thank you for it afterwards. You have one patient!
    we all did that. We were supposed to do everything for the pt. The CNAs have a lot to do.:smilecoffeeIlovecof
  8. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from ChayaN
    Yes, going to clinicals on no sleep sounds like a great preparation. NOT!

    I say give it your best shot to be prepared (not leaving it all to the last minute might help) but being well-rested trumps staying up all night "preparing."
    I agree with this. How well can anyone do with only 2 hours of sleep before clinicals.
  9. by   trepinCT
    Great thread!!! I loved the ones about helping the CNAs out..when I was a CNA it made me crazy that some students would do the assesments and charting..never making the bed, straightening up the patients room, setting up meal trays, etc....its all a part of taking care of the patient!!! I also saw a lot of student nurses go through the ringer the moment they played know it all b/c family member was a nurse or a doctor..or the student herself was a CNA..instructors dont like students who pretend to know it all....never mention your experiences as a CNA b/c those are the ones I saw picked on all through clinical. Thanks for the rest of the advice, will keep it all in mind !!!!
  10. by   ann945n
    If you never study for a test or quiz and end up flunking out dont come to me crying that the teacher is unfair and its wasnt your fault. i have to sympathy for you since i busted my butt all quater long
  11. by   mauxtav8r
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    If it is a group project, do your share of the work.
    Amen.


    Also,
    Don't complain that your clinical instructor failed you after you talked behind her back about her. The syllabus has all that stuff in it about professional conduct for a reason. Even if you eventually become a nurse, people will still remember you for a backbiter and a gossip. (true story)

    Also,
    If you don't remember what you were supposed to learn in A&P or patho or pharm, review it and learn it again. You will need to know that stuff to get through this degree.

    Also,
    Asking questions in class that were covered in detail in the readings wastes everybody's time and makes you look like a fool. Worse, you don't even know enough to be embarassed.
  12. by   porcelina22
    Nursing school is your JOB. Treat it as such. Do your share, do it well. Help other people out.
  13. by   yaris
    I loved these rules. I am the one doing the homework. I sit in class listening to about 60% of the class whine about this and that, and then wonder why they aren't getting this. Thanks for the all too true "Rules", this made me smile.

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