Regarding nursing students- was this too much to ask?

  1. 1 I have a new nursing student starting with me next week. She'll spend 50 hours with me. She emailed me to introduce her self and asked what the unit was like. I work on a BMT unit. I wrote her back telling her that, and telling her that we give a lot of medications. I gave her a list of a dozen of our most common meds and asked her to come familiar with them. Now that I think about it, though, I'm not sure that was appropriate. I feel like I gave her a homework assignment, and that's not really my job. I'm sure she already has enough homework as it is. However, in nursing school I was expected to be familiar with the meds I have and I think all nurses should be. If I try and teach her about all of the meds on the unit I fear we'll be giving 10am meds at 3pm, but I want to be able to involve her. What do you think?
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    About blondy2061h, MSN, RN

    blondy2061h has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'oncology'. Joined Jul '08; Posts: 2,874; Likes: 5,365.

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  4. Visit  ThislittleoneRN profile page
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    I agree with the assignment for the student. It is very beneficial for the student to understand meds and know what they are for.... That will help the student out as well as helping you with the med pass.
    JDZ344, joanna73, NamasteNurse, and 6 others like this.
  5. Visit  KCMnurse profile page
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    I think if she's about the business, she'll appreciate it. We have students do their community rotation with our agency. I give them small assignments throughout. Nursing is a profession where we are constantly learning. I think what you did was appropriate. It will give her a head start when she gets on your unit.
    joanna73, ILoveSpring&Fall, DawnJ, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    She's a student, she's there to learn. You told her what would be helpful and assist in her getting the most out of the experience....sounds like you did a good thing. Also, as a student, if you think it'd overwhelm her to learn the basics of about a dozen meds, doesn't sound like she'd be much of a student. Should be fine.
  7. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    Thanks. This is my first student from this particular school. She sounded eager in the email.
    bebbercorn and Esme12 like this.
  8. Visit  AOx1 profile page
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    My students are thrilled when they are actively included by their preceptors and staff nurses. You sound like every good student's dream nurse. This will help her learn time management as well as meds. It sounds as if you are working very hard to balance the needs of your patients with the student's learning needs. Nicely done!
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  9. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    Thanks!
  10. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    It sounds like she's on her final rotation, where she works 1:1 with a nurse. Although you aren't her instructor formally, you ARE her instructor informally. On my final 1:1 rotation, I learned so much. I thought of my preceptor as my instructor, and she taught me as her student. You did not only a good thing, but also the right thing in helping your student learn.
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  11. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    I think she's lucky to be assigned to a nurse who is actively engaged in her learning process. If she's eager, I'm sure she is more than happy to have something concrete to do to focus the butterflies she may be feeling.
    pseudomonas, blondy2061h, samadams8, and 4 others like this.
  12. Visit  carsm3 profile page
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    As a nursing student, I can tell you that she will appreciate it! We love to come in prepared. She is lucky to have a nurse like you to train with!
    pseudomonas, ORnurseCT, blondy2061h, and 6 others like this.
  13. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    No, I think that's reasonable. Actually, I usually give my students a list of commonly used medications to look up. It saves time when it comes to them giving meds because they are already familiar with them and/or can reference work they've already done. I know they'll encounter those meds at some point during their practicum, and I expect them to look up unfamiliar meds before they give them anyway. You aren't really giving her any work she wouldn't be doing anyway, and I actually think this is a great way to prepare for working in your area. They do their work beforehand, leaving you more time to go over other aspects of practice they cannot learn beforehand
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  14. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from blondy2061h
    I have a new nursing student starting with me next week. She'll spend 50 hours with me. She emailed me to introduce her self and asked what the unit was like. I work on a BMT unit. I wrote her back telling her that, and telling her that we give a lot of medications. I gave her a list of a dozen of our most common meds and asked her to come familiar with them. Now that I think about it, though, I'm not sure that was appropriate. I feel like I gave her a homework assignment, and that's not really my job. I'm sure she already has enough homework as it is. However, in nursing school I was expected to be familiar with the meds I have and I think all nurses should be. If I try and teach her about all of the meds on the unit I fear we'll be giving 10am meds at 3pm, but I want to be able to involve her. What do you think?
    If I were the student, I would have been very appreciative
    blondy2061h and Twinmom06 like this.
  15. Visit  AZMOMO2 profile page
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    She won't mind... it's not like you asked her to write a Careplan Anyway having an idea of the meds that are common is actually something that is done frequently. I was asked to review some wound dressings for my Preceptorship on an Ortho Trauma floor that were commonly done... helped a lot considering on my first shift I had one of those and could actually do the dressing the correct way the first time!
    blondy2061h and bebbercorn like this.


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