Walking on eggshells at clinicals - page 6

Anyone else feel like this? My group has had a few bad encounters with the RN staff. I feel like we are bothering them and they HATE us. One of them flogged another student on Thursday evening... Read More

  1. by   SN bbgrl
    OK im sorry for your situation. I have experienced that along with an instructor who is unsupportive (except with a couple of his students that he for some reason favors). He stuck me with a nurse who was unreceptive, unhelpful, rude to the PATIENT and the list goes on. Well, i complained to the instructor about her and 2 weeks later he sets me up by making me work with her again!!!! I gave up at that point which was unfortunate because its equal to shooting yourself in the foot. What i did in this situation is switched clinical groups (hospital and instructor) and hope for the best with a fresh new start. I wish you all the best with this situation and hope it works out, but i do feel for you.
  2. by   Diahni
    Quote from SN bbgrl
    OK im sorry for your situation. I have experienced that along with an instructor who is unsupportive (except with a couple of his students that he for some reason favors). He stuck me with a nurse who was unreceptive, unhelpful, rude to the PATIENT and the list goes on. Well, i complained to the instructor about her and 2 weeks later he sets me up by making me work with her again!!!! I gave up at that point which was unfortunate because its equal to shooting yourself in the foot. What i did in this situation is switched clinical groups (hospital and instructor) and hope for the best with a fresh new start. I wish you all the best with this situation and hope it works out, but i do feel for you.
    bbgrl: Lucky you! The school I went to was so rigid that if you wanted a different group, tough luck! As I read these posts, I ask myself, "What's wrong with some people?" Are they so downright nasty they want to share their misery with others? If I had a nickel for every person in a supervisory position I encountered in school that was a real jerk, I'd be rich. I just don't get it - so much of life is being kind to others. There are nurses who don't want to work with students, but if it's part of the job, then it's part of the job. This thread hit a raw nerve for me because I remember how much unpleasantness I encountered as a student. Only thing I can think of as to why this is so is that there must be a lot of miserable people out there. Life is hard anyway, why make it even worse for some people?
    Diahni
  3. by   Hydakins
    Last semester there was a nurse who would always say things like, "when are you guys leaving?", you're in my way" if she walked in when a student or two were in the medication room most likely waiting for the CI to test us before passing meds, "what are you people doing here?", "again?", etc, etc... It was our first semester and second floor that we rotated to. Our CI was informed, and she went to the manager with it who the first couple of times was "too busy" to listen. My CI did not give up and soon we found out that the nurses contract was almost up. Fortunate for next years class-the hospital did not renew her contract. But she really discouraged a few students since we were still new nursing students. At first some people thought that they were the ones doing something wrong, until more students complained and we realized that it was HER that was wrong.

    Regarding the post about nurses being informed ahead of time about what students learned already and/or what the focus is on: it's kinda hard to do that with all schools. We started clinicals on the 2nd day of school. Many of our CI's, most of who are also professors, tell us that they want us and the staff that we should do anything that comes our way (of course with their supervision). The skills werent geared towards anything specific just because we may have been on a particular topic in lecture. We had 3 groups in the hospital on different floors simultaneously so its a waste to follow what we were learning about in class and miss opportunities to learn skills. It was a decent experience for me because many of the nurses there were graduates of the school (they LOVE to help and to see their old CI's). Not only that-they know that they are in a teaching hospital. I do understand that we dont know the nurses side of it (and some days they had a 6:1 nurse to pt ratio), but a good number of the nurses did what they could to make it a good experience for themselves and for the students and we got soooo much out of it. It made us communicate, pay attention to each other, not mind having to spend an extra minute on waiting to be guided or guiding a student through a skill, and avoid the nitpicking (except for a few). One nurse even began as a clinical instructor in the same hospital this semester. The hospital that I have clinicals in this semester always welcomes the students from our school over the other schools because we can do more (which goes back to the experience from the 1st semester). There are nurses here that are inquiring about being CI's for our school also. As a medical assistant and cna, I have taught a few nurses things that they didnt know and they appreciated it. I could have started gossip and call them dumb or question their competence but even long after I become a nurse, I will still be learning becasuse new info is being found everyday. So some programs just cant oblige that request.
  4. by   BellaNatalia
    I'm having the same kind of experience in my clinicals too. I spoke to my instructor about it and she point blank said "Yup, it's because they are annoyed that we're here!" So, that was my answer lol I just try to lay low and kill 'em with kindness! It's a sad thing but I will learn from this experience of how NOT to act with students.
  5. by   Diahni
    Quote from BellaNatalia
    I'm having the same kind of experience in my clinicals too. I spoke to my instructor about it and she point blank said "Yup, it's because they are annoyed that we're here!" So, that was my answer lol I just try to lay low and kill 'em with kindness! It's a sad thing but I will learn from this experience of how NOT to act with students.
    This is really awful - would any other professional training program have "instructors" who don't want to teach you all the while letting you know about it by being nasty? It really is a disgrace, I think
    Diahni

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