I don't want this to be viewed as sour grapes, and I don't want to be viewed as a nurse that doesn't like students; however, I have to get this off my chest...
My shift starts late morning. One day there was no parking in the staff lot, and I had to park in a visitor lot (and pay for that privilege). When I got in, I apologized to the secretary for being a few minutes late and mentioned my parking issues. She told me there were no spots today because there were "a ton" of students that were parked in the lot.
Again, I don't want to appear a whiner about this, but I pay a monthly rate to park in that lot. I've also seen drug reps, medical equipment vendors, etc. park in the staff lot. No idea if these individuals or the students pay to park there. When I was in school, one hospital where we did clinicals had ample free parking, so it was not an issue. Another did not. As students we could park on the *top* level of the visitor parking garage (and pay the daily fee for the lot...and get in trouble if we parked lower than the top level). Otherwise, you had to find parking on the street, pay the rate in the meter, and possibly have a fairly long walk to the hospital.
I like students, I like mentoring them, I want them to have a good experience in our hospital. I don't hold these views because I want students today to go through the struggles
I went through. However, I'm not too crazy about the students using staff parking.
I live on a narrow street with parking on one side that effectively reduces the street to one lane. We don't have garages or driveways. There is a nursing home one block up from the end of our tiny street and a small park directly at the end. There is enough parking for the residents most of the time but there was a college that used the nursing home for clinicals and it caused problems. They were supposed to park at the Catholic church 2 blocks away. But being that they were special they decided one day to park on our street and in the lot for the park resulting in those of us who live there (and paid taxes) to have to circle the block waiting for a spot to open not being sure what was going on. Sure enough at 1530 a whole slew of students came out and got in their cars and pulled out. Everyone let it slide that day but suddenly this was happening all of the time. One day I got so fed up I called the dean of students at the school. That's when we found out about the parking arrangement with the church. She said she would follow up (and she did) but it kept happening. So I called the ECF and asked to speak with the clinical instructor. When I got her on the phone and dropped the dean's name and told her that she knew what was happening we witnessed an amazing thing. All of a sudden all those students went running to their cars and moved them because, as it turns out the dean had threatened them with expulsion if they did it again. So, to make a long story short, I agree and I don't think it's sour grapes.
Last edit by Wuzzie on Mar 15