OK. Let me play devil's advocate. This is an edited version of a post I made on a similar thread. For the record, no comments are made about anybody here since this is essentially an old post:
Let me be controversial:
I remember going through some of that in nursing school. I remember one nurse telling me to my face that us 'd&% men' didn't get into nursing until there was money to be made and she'd have none of the getting the gravy without paying the dues.
My advice: welcome to nursing, now grow a thicker skin.
What you fail to understand is that all these mean, grouchy nurses aren't your paid clinical instructors. They get no benefit from teaching you and certainly aren't paid more for it. And every question you ask, every interaction that sidetracks them from their 6-7 patients and 15 things that they have prioritized to do - every one of those stolen minutes can be taken as an affront to the time away from their patients; time they already regret not having enough to spend because being a 'light speed soldier' wasn't what they envisioned when they started.
Every minute spent with you is a minute not spent with a patient that needs their attention; it's a minute not getting Mr. Jones his morphine or making sure Mrs. Smith isn't climbing over the bedrails, again!
You have 2 clinical patients; "your" nurse has 3 times that. And maybe just maybe, she considers himself to be the nurse for "her" 6 patients, not your personal tutor. In fact, there is somebody right their for you during your rotations that is actually paid for that function.
In alot of places, the trenches are ugly. It's all nice and well to talk about how they should know where you're coming from and be nice for the welfare of the profession, yada yada yada.
In reality, many nurses just want to get through their shifts. It's great to be an idealist, but there are many things about nursing that can make you jaded over time. Is it right? I'm not saying that it is.
I don't think that it's quite fair to impose your point of view on somebody who's point of view you haven't had the experience to comment upon.
(but as another side point, many - not most - but many students ask questions designed to show how smart they are or how appalled they are that we don't do things 'by the book' in the trenches. --- you want to annoy someone's who attention is already in 30 places by the time you expect them to cater to your learning experience? Just ask questions that don't actually seek knowledge but instead attempt to show what a great student you are.)
There, I said it. I don't share the point of view that students are an annoyance, but I can certainly understand it when you are already completely overburden just trying to find the glimpses here and there that remind you that you are, in fact, trying to be a so-called 'angel' and not a moral punching bag for others.
You might not be the cause, but when "your" nurse was overwhelmed 4 burdens ago, it's completely reasonable to see the next burden, and the next, and finally you students, yet another burden (and any distraction, however noble, by that point is a burden) as more than can be dealt with. If being short with you intimidates you so that "your" nurse feel she has the time to be "thier" (her 6-7 patients) nurse, then, oh well.
Yes, you are there to get an education but that doesn't 'entitle' you to command the precious time and empathy from somebody that is already stretched to the limits on both.
(edit: let me add rereading this that there is a 'tone' here that was a response to a like tone. It's hard to edit out a 'tone' even though it's not intended here. So evaluate the comments but try to ignore that tone- - it wasn't intended, here.).