"Sense of Entitlement" came up with our group once. It came up after a student hung a bad of IVF for a nurse. The nurse handed her the bag, told her "I'm very bussy, you guys already to meds, can you just replace the IVF in room blah blah".
The student was willing to help, informed the instructor (who was observeing a foley insertion at the time) and was told to go ahead. Well, when the instructor checked after the foley insertion.........guess what, it was the wrong IVFs. Student go written up.
For the rest of the day, a number of students made a lot of comments about "these nurses have lost their focus, are sloppy", or like mentioned before "these nurses dont even answer the call lights". To make a long story short, there was a lot of "I'll never be like these nurses" going around.
Thats when the topic came up. From the "I'll never be like these nurses" comments. By sense of entitlement, I think what your instructor is meaning is:
So many student believe they are already nurses while they are in school. They believe they are entitled to have their opinion on what is going on in the nursing field just the same as the nurse who has practiced since the 70's. But, first and foremost, they believe they are entitled to be a part of nursing...dont see where nurses have earned their way into being considered a nurse.
The group had this pointed out to us by the educator, that we should not judge staff nurses so harshly. It was very helpfull actually, not an aggressive lecture on the "social politics" of nursing, but an attempt to help us understand that as student nurses, we stand to gain nothing with "I'll never be like them" attitudes.
New nurses come out of school, want to go into the ICU or other specialty right off the bat, want to work only the shifts that are convenient to them, want to be accepted unconditionaly. They have not "earned their way" yet. They feel they are "entitled" to these things but miss the fact completely that there are veteran nurses galore who dont get it this good.
To finish, our instructor did withdraw the write up against the student with a condition. We all, even people like myself who were not involved in the incident and made no comments about the nurses, had to write a paper on what we see ourselves like now and what we think will be different when we have practiced 5 years.
I didnt like the girl who got the write up and told the instructor in pvt. that I did not plan on writting a paper. She said I didnt have to, since I was a CNA and probably already understood the point of the paper.
The point of the paper was, as they told us in lecture, having a license does not make one a nurse. Knowing what to do when your pt. codes, knowing when our pt. is in danger and what to do about it, knowing how to prioritise our pt. needs so that safe effective care is given........is what makes us a nurse. In other words, we are not nurses who have earned our way until we have practiced a good 5 years or so. Thats why vet. nurses get frustrated with students who feel they are entitled to the same privledges they have earned.