A Question For Student Nurses - page 2

Get this .... the staff nurses were having our monthly birthday party .... we do this every month as a way to celebrate the birthdays of the staff on the floor. It is really a nice way to say happy... Read More

  1. by   Dixen81
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    Clara - you hit the nail on the head. Turns out that it was one student that complained and the instructor felt that she (the student who complained)would encourage the whole clinical group to write a bad review for the clinical experience (based on this issue alone). Interesting to note .... the students that did not have a problem with it came to me later that day and told me that they were sorry for the fuss and that they were not offended. It happened to be one student that was taking issue with it.
    Always one bad apple....

    Your unit sounds like a great one. As a student, I would not have expected to have been invited. I'd let it go if I were you.
  2. by   UK2USA
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    Get this .... the staff nurses were having our monthly birthday party .... we do this every month as a way to celebrate the birthdays of the staff on the floor. It is really a nice way to say happy birthday without going through a huge expense and ordeal.

    Our unit has students 5 days a week. One regular group and then two groups that rotate. We know the regular students pretty well and infact they will be leaving our floor soon to graduate. Nice group. But, the instructor comes to us and says that "several" of the students complained that they were not invited to the monthly birthday party for the staff (it was held during their clinical time on the floor). and that they were offended and felt left out.

    Of course, the staff nurses were terribly upset. That is the last impression we wanted to give the students. However, we did not want to impose on the students by asking them to bring something in for the party. In addition, we did not have a lot of time to plan this party. It has just never been an issue before.

    I guess I wanted to know from nursing students, what would your reaction have been? Do you expect to be included in staff events for the unit in which you are rotating through while you are in school? Just a question ... would be very interested in your responses.
    I think that most teaching hospitals have an issue between staff and students at some time or another. I've always thought that when a student is working on my unit they effectively become an integral part of the team - no matter how long they are with us. With that in mind I have always made a point of including students (past and present) in social events. Don't forget, these are adult learners and as such should be able to make their own apologies if not able to attend a function. I would consider this to be more preferable than potentially isolating a group that make up a considerable percentage of your workforce. As this is a regular event, one solution to this might be to fund the night from ward funds - all you would need to do is arrange a collection from the staff able to pay beforehand. It's amazing what a free bar will do for morale (even when staff have already paid in advance)
  3. by   patti101
    Could it be that the clinincal instructor had her feelings hurt, not the students? The last eight weeks, as students, we were required to bring a meal to serve all staff including students on two different units...our complaints (to each other) was the cost factor...we are students after all. Maybe because we are fourth semester, I don't know, we were never asked to do so before.
  4. by   wonderbee
    I think the instructor was a bit out of line with that comment. I wouldn't feel at all left out. As a student, I'm too focused on my assignments for any one particular day to get bent out of shape over something like that. The only thing I expect of the staff nurses is common courtesy which I have gratefully received from every one of them.
  5. by   TweetiePieRN
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    Get this .... the staff nurses were having our monthly birthday party .... we do this every month as a way to celebrate the birthdays of the staff on the floor. It is really a nice way to say happy birthday without going through a huge expense and ordeal.

    Our unit has students 5 days a week. One regular group and then two groups that rotate. We know the regular students pretty well and infact they will be leaving our floor soon to graduate. Nice group. But, the instructor comes to us and says that "several" of the students complained that they were not invited to the monthly birthday party for the staff (it was held during their clinical time on the floor). and that they were offended and felt left out.

    Of course, the staff nurses were terribly upset. That is the last impression we wanted to give the students. However, we did not want to impose on the students by asking them to bring something in for the party. In addition, we did not have a lot of time to plan this party. It has just never been an issue before.

    I guess I wanted to know from nursing students, what would your reaction have been? Do you expect to be included in staff events for the unit in which you are rotating through while you are in school? Just a question ... would be very interested in your responses.
    I dont ever expect to be included in staff events since I am not "staff" I am basically a "guest" of the hospital. That is how it has been explained to me by my instructors. I can understand people maybe feeling left out...but I would not be one of those people. I also happen to work at a hospital. If we were having a potluck or something...I would invite the student to get some food if there was enough. I am like that though...I like people to feel welcome. But, again, I don't expect to participate in staff events as a student.
  6. by   Mandylpn
    You could have asked them to join in for cake or whatever you were serving. We were not allowed to take "free" donuts in the staff lounge, because we are not "employees". Talk about feeling unappreciated.
  7. by   KristinWW
    NO, I would not have been offended! We are there to learn. I hate this aura of entitlement that certain folks feel compelled to originate.

    I work on a tele floor - the nurses are awesome and WORK THEIR BUTTS OFF!!!!! I am a student myself, and deal with students from another college. I write up nursing assignments for each nurse, these students grab them for themselves. They push me off my computer because THEY need to "look up things". They leave their trash in the nurses station and lounge for the peddlers to clean.

    It is a student's privilege, not a right, to be learning in an actual clinical setting.

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