Well, let me say nurses are creatures of habit. We're used to doing our thing our own way. As a floor nurse, when I have students, sometimes I find myself following a student around saying "did you do this, did you do that?" I am physically unable to let some of these things go for someone else to do. We're not necessarily nagging or being mean or eating our young. We just have a hard time giving up things we are ultimately responsible for.
When I first started nursing, when we got students, I would be happy that it was one less patient I had to take care of. I was SO wrong! Half of the time they have instructors that don't even know the routine, and it is constant double checking for us to make sure everything is done as ordered. Even though you are responsible for direct patient care during that time, it all still comes back to our liscense if something goes wrong, so please don't assume that you don't need the nurse, or that she will ever just leave you alone to do yourown thing. Any nurse that does, in my opinion, is a bad nurse.
I informed my teacher that I didn't not need the help of the RPN and that I was capable of managing my patients and all of their care
This is a statement you really can't make until you have a liscense of your own.
Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't agree with you. As long as the patient wasn't in any physical danger, say perhaps skin breakdown, I also agree that this wasn't a big deal. Heck, it wasn't until noon today that I brushed my own teeth :chuckle The nurse could have been a little more considerate of your skill and stress level, and understood that you needed to prioritize. I think you prioritized correctly, and that she could have been a little more understanding. Some nurses do always have to find something to bytch about the students.
I just wanted to play devil's advocate before the crotchety floor nurse bashing got underway.
Whew! This got long fast!
Good luck to you! Soon you'll be out on the floor following your students around! Hopefully you'll learn from this experience!