Sometimes it is difficult to accept that as student nurses, we are at the bottom of the totem pole in the perspective of licensed, experienced nurses and we assert ourselves in ways and situations when it is inappropriate. Sometimes our position is all too clear to licensed, experienced nurses. and they feel the need to remind us in some subtle or not so subtle ways when the mood strikes them.Big clashes tend to happen when the extremes of those two perspectives meet.
At one clinical observation experience I had, one scheduled activity was to rotate to different units and observe nurses in 3 our areas of interest. One of my classmates had great interest in ICU nursing and asked to be taken to the unit for one of her observations. When we got there, one nurse was very verbal about her irritation with having to have a student around. Our host was beyond embarrassed by the nurse's behavior and assured us that it would not be tolerated. She took steps to confront the nurse in this situation and challenge the behavior.
In other clinical experiences, I have observed students who aren't adequately prepared for patient care create more issues for the staff than they solve. I see it from both perspectives. As an employee (especially when you have the kind of autonomy and responsibility that working nurses have) you develop a routine that structures your day that lets you complete assigned tasks efficiently so that you have time and opportunity to address acute issues and challenges as they arise. It can be very irritating and sometimes anxiety producing for a nurse to have her routine interrupted or interfered with by well meaning students. Their lack of experience sometimes hinders them from even understanding why their helpful hands are hindrances to any semblance of predictability her day might have had because they represent another variable that she must monitor, manage, and be held accountable for.