When I was in nursing school
, I found that the ICU nurses were the kindest to students.
I've had 2 students in the past 2 weeks. How fun! Big difference between the two of them. First, let me say that they weren't assigned to me (because I'm new), but they could tell I was a kind soul so they would talk to me a lot. Plus, my pts had cool stuff to do like conscious sedation, NGT placement, vents, etc. So I would call them over to try out new things.
First student was very outgoing! Wanted to see everything, asked a ton of pertninent questions, and was so excited to do new tasks. The other was very quite and subdue. She stuck to her nurse for the most part, didn't stray far from her rooms, but was polite and kind. I was more like the second girl when I was in school, but some of the nurses thought that she was a little odd because she was so quiet.
I told them that as nursing students, they are used to getting ignored and mistreated, and so they may just be reserved. I think we all forget how awful nursing school can be.
SOoooo, my advice on what to bring would be a good attitiude (even if the nurses suck), and a willingness to learn. Tell yourself that this is only one day, and you will get through it, and to boot, you are going to get a great nursing experience regardless of the staff.