I really hate having students
It's really sad to say because i was a student not too long ago (2 years) and it just made my entire week if i was paired with a good nurse who taught me something. i don't want to "be that nurse" that they go back and say "my day sucked."
So i try, i really do try...but deep down, i hate it.
I don't mind teaching, when i have time.
however; that is rare. I would love to have students pass the meds and for me to explain every single medication and quiz them. But it just can't happen. I usually allow them to do 1 or 2 patient's medications and i'll do the rest. To save time...i have them to one patient's assessments, maybe 2 if they can do it fast enough. In the time it takes them to do 1 or 2 i have nearly all 4 done and charted. I'd rather have them take their time on that one or 2 then stress about keeping up with me and not learning a thing. So usually i give them 1 patient who has a lot going on (i.e. ventilated patient or fresh surgical), and 1 "normal" patient who doesn't have alot going on. So when we sit down we can talk about the difference between the two. (I.e. lung sounds of the ventilated patient vs the chest pain observation patient whose is normal).
as for my nursing assistants, i absolutley LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!! It basically comes down to "Ok, im paired with a good CNA today. it's going to be a good day." Our CNA's do alot, they are VERY knowledage. If i have a CNA paired with me and they are in nursing school i do not mind teaching them some thigns. They pick up on things alot faster than nursing students (Sad to say). Im talking in GENERAL, not all....but experiece really goes a long way. I may have a student who is 4.0 book smart, but i'd rather have a CNA in nursing school with all C's and experience anyday!