The Day Nursing Student Apathy Got to Me - page 4

by NurseOnAMotorcycle

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When I first started in our emergency department night shift, I noticed that the 2-3 students were largely ignored for the first half hour or so during shift change. They stood nervously by the desks, repeatedly adjusting their... Read More


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    That's aggrevating, I can see why you would be upset for awhile. I try to help and teach the students, but they must understand that no matter what level of nursing you acheive , you must have experience and knowledge , and in Nursing , that involves blood.
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    Yes, please do send them back to their instructor. As an instructor, my favorite students are hard-working and willing to learn and try anything within their scope of practice. I will do anything in my power to help them learn.

    My second favorite type of student would be the lazy, "I'm above that" students. They taste like chicken. Instructors do indeed like to eat their young, but only the lazy ones, and only after we marinate them in probation contracts and season them with humility. The really tough ones must be slow-roasted.
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    I cannot imagine having had the audacity to speak so disrespectfully to my preceptor when I was in nursing school. Having been an ER nurse since graduating in 2011, and having just started an NP program myself, I can attest that these are the worst kind of students. I'd be very interested to see how they plan to make it to NP school without jumping on every available opportunity to learn in the interim. Instilling a sense of humility into these "I'm above that" students as AOx1 points out is a very satisfying activity. Nursing isn't a club that allows mental weakness into the fold, and I'm very thankful that nursing schools do an excellent job of weeding out the lazy. I precepted a student onnce that thought it would be a good idea to work on assignments from other classes instead of learning anything that day, and then eat lunch at the ER nurses station in full view of patients and their families (here's a pointer.... don't do that). Not only did he get a poor evaluation at the end of the day both verbally and on paper (you should have seen this boy's face), his instructor got the full assessment of the student's character in an email. This lucky student had the wonderful privilege of probation and repeating the clinical. To the students who want to learn and be the best the can be, I'll do whatever I can to help you because I've been there in pretty recent memory. To the students who wont accept help and who's intent is to give minimal effort, I'll break you before the end of the day .
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    Please don't ever change! I would have loved to take their place! Besides, nurses like you "bring up" a new batch of great nurses!
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    I don't know about anyone else, but put on the shoes of being one of these NP's patients. I highly respect all Dr.s and nurses who have "stories to tell" about when they were on "the front lines." I don't want ANYTHING to do with going to an office and having someone with just book knowledge handing me a script or going to them with a problem that could send me to an ER and they would not even recogize it as an emergent situation.
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    Opportunity missed, too bad for them! Another student and I jumped at the opportunity last week to spend the last hour of our clinical day in the ER. It was a quiet day and we didn't do much, but we were included in what few opportunities there were that hour and I can't wait to go back. There is a wound care nurse who comes to our medsurg unit and always takes the time to teach as many of us that can fit in the room. I love these learning opportunities. And I can honestly say that my entire clinical group is the same. We would definitely appreciate you!
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    I wish more nurses where like you when I did my rotations. Some just ignore you for hours even when you tell them you are willing to do anything and want to learn everything possible. At one place I learned more from the unit secretary then the nursing staff. It was so frustrating.
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    If you want a good learning experience during your clinicals here are a few suggestions: come to clinicals ON TIME, if your precepter gets report at 0600 be there to listen to it instead on strolling in 2 hrs later expecting your preceptor to STOP what she is doing to give you a report. Come the day before clinicals to review your assigned patients charts and get medication lists. Come to clinicals knowing your patients drugs, dosages, interactions , know the difference between a colace and demerol. Know how to calculate drugs correctly. Offer to help your preceptor with her other patients, at least pretend like you are interested in learning about new treatments and how to do them. Get away from the cute male or female classmate that you are more interested in flirting with than properly taking care of your patients. Bear in mind that those experienced , older nurses can learn very little from you but they have a wealth of information to share with you if you show the slightest bit of interest. Last but not least your preceptor will probably have 6-8 patients in addition to two or more students. It is not her job to teach you your clinicals, or how to calculate drugs, do assessments,treatments or to tell you what each of your patients drugs are for. This is your instructors job . If you desire to be the very best nurse possible, come prepared to your clinicals. Nurses love to teach, they have a lot of experience and knowledge to share. You will get everything out of your clinicals that you put into it. It is entirely up to you how well your preceptor treats or respects you.
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    I would love to have a nurse like you showing me the ropes. Some students think that nursing will be so easy and they know it all, If i have someone like you when I start clinical I will be grateful. Keep up the good work


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