I appreciate all of your comments so far. I am in FL, and the state nurse practice acts DO say that students are responsible for delivering the same care as the nurse who is in charge of that patient, sort of an oxymoron saying students care is = RN care.
We had a legal class last week and it was clearly stated that "students do not "ride" on anyones license." Yes the instructor is "responsible" to a point but the instructors license will not come under fire, in most instances, if something goes wrong. (This is the information presented to us by our instructor and a lawyer who specializes in appearing in front of the FBON). If I, a student, "harm" someone it falls under the facility, the school, and ultimately myself. We were told this is why "most" schools either insist upon or highly recommend nursing students to get malpractice insurance. As I personally have sought out doing through NSO.
Anyway, I am really seeing the reality of not having anything charted. Yes, when there are issues we write a "note" for the nurse in charge of that patient. If it is something of great concern we always go to our instructor.
As far as is anyone coming behind us except for our instructor and the nurse only passing meds, we don't see a soul the whole time we are there. We do dressing changes, Foley's if need be, meal assistance, bathing assistance, turning, and whatever else that patient needs for the time we are there, except for meds.
Call me paranoid but I do not want anything to jeopardize my future as a nurse, nor do I want anyone else to have to answer for something that our school does not deem a "priorty." I mean seriously, we have nearly 12 nursing instructors and no one has had an ah hah moment. I am glad nothing "serious" has gone wrong but just because it hasn't does not mean that it won't, right??