rules for student nurses - page 5

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   ChristyMNOP
    Rule: Don't let nursing school get to you. Many people, including nurses, instructors and classmates will expect you to give up your life and sacrafice everything to get through it. Its not worth it. Get your degree, be proud of it, but remember that you don't have to let it tear you down.
  2. by   mauxtav8r
    Quote from ChristyMNOP
    Rule: Don't let nursing school get to you. Many people, including nurses, instructors and classmates will expect you to give up your life and sacrafice everything to get through it. Its not worth it. Get your degree, be proud of it, but remember that you don't have to let it tear you down.
    Very well said.

    As a corollary, make it a habit to ignore those people who talk about how few nursing school students make to be nurses, how impossibly difficult classess/patients/doctors/hospitals/insurance/liabilities/yadda can be. I don't think they are trying to be helpful.
  3. by   squeakykitty
    Another rule:

    Get as much sleep as you can before clinicals. Sometimes, going without sleep makes the day harder.
  4. by   lupin
    13. Know the medications you are supposed to be giving, even if you have to spend 15 minutes outside a pt's room with the RX guide going through each medication. These meds can cure or kill and it's best to know which one it will do before giving it.

    14. Never be afraid to ask a question. You are not an independent practitioner at this point and there are no points given for "winging it". Preceptors, co-nurses, and instructors are there to help you, let them.

    15. Talk to your patients, don't avoid them. People get along better with others when they have some idea of who you are.

    16. Introduce yourself. See 15. for the reason why.
  5. by   lupin
    Oops I guess I numbered mine wrong. sorry
  6. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from lupin
    14. Never be afraid to ask a question. You are not an independent practitioner at this point and there are no points given for "winging it". Preceptors, co-nurses, and instructors are there to help you, let them.
    Ooh! Good one!
  7. by   lovejana22
    Quote from ann945n
    17. don't complain about early morning clinical s then hit the bars the next night and come into class smelling of an ash tray and hung over
    omg!!!! amen to this one.
  8. by   sissyboo
    These rules are great! Thanks! I will definetly keep them in mind when I start clinical!...What exactly is team leading?
  9. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from sissyboo
    What exactly is team leading?
    Not sure if every school has this assignment - I've had it in 3 of my 5 clinicals so far.

    I was told this assignment was supposed to prepare you to be a charge nurse someday. So you have your group of, let's say 8 students. Two of those students are picked to be "team leaders." (they each have a group of 3 students). The team leaders doesn't do any patient care - they assign patients to the members of their team, & basically just go around helping them all night, "supervising" them & making sure they're getting their work done. I remember part of the assignment was to tell each member of your group good things they did that night & things they need to work on.

    The first gal I had (who was 20 years old) took the assignment way too seriously. Bossed me around, talked to me like I was a 3-year old, etc.

    Not to toot my own horn, but when I was team leader, people on my team told me I was awesome because I actually helped them with their patient cares & quizzed them on the meds they were supposed to pass...didn't just boss them around & act like I was actually their instructor, or charge nurse.
  10. by   sissyboo
    Thanks for clarifying that for me!! I don't start NS until the summer, but I'm hoping my school doesn't do that! I come off as a bit of a snob sometimes--but I'm not, really! I'm just pretty shy and don't say a whole lot unless its "necessary..." Thanks though...
  11. by   AuntieRN
    When you know I am a recent grad of the same program you are in...you know I work weekends with your instructor...and I walk in the room to find you doing a blood sugar without gloves...do not look at me and say...we were taught you do not need to use gloves for this procedure.....I know you were taught to use gloves....one its blood and two...nursing students are taught to use gloves for everything....

    You are a student visiting your grandma in the hospital...you know I am a new grad from the same program...do not ring the call light...tell the secretary you need me (by name) to come in the room...then when I get there start quizzing me about the drugs on your upcoming pharmacology exam...I already took the exam...took my NCLEX and passed...I do not need to be quizzed or do your studying for you....besides....I am busy with 6 pts...the unit secretary is busy....unless grandma needs something please do not push the call light and call me in there....I do not mind answering questions...but come on...(this really happened....)

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