Why do the unit nurses treat the students like this?! - page 3

by CT Pixie | 6,905 Views | 28 Comments

I am always reading posts like that and I thought it was time that I make my own! To the nurses who are the nurse of the patient I have been assigned to for my clinicals on your floor...and even to those I had no direct... Read More


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    Quote from CT Pixie
    For bringing me a cup of coffee when you say I was running out of steam.

    I once had a student nurse run to the latte stand with the list of coffee requests from the floor nurses and techs.

    That was awesome.

    But I'm evil.
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    Love to hear positive experiences like this. I am sure since you had such a great nurse to oversee your clinicals that it has reflected well on you and will make you that much more amazing when you become a nurse yourself. Best of luck in your endeavor!
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    When I see a nurse being rude to a student I will call them out. We were ALL there and it does nothing to help anything. If the student is not paying attention or being lazy then yes I will tell them to get it together I have also called out medical students in report who fall asleep. I really don't care. If I am awake then they need to be awake. However nursing students are nursing students. They are brand new and are learning. Being rude just to be rude will accomplish nothing. The "eat our young" ideal is old, worn out, and pathetic.
    Red35, valgraves, and twinkletoes53 like this.
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    I know a lot of my nurse co-workers don't like students. From what I gather, it's a control thing - nurses have so little control in a typical hospital environment (everything is dictated by patient wants/needs, management, and doctors!) that having a nursing student gives them even less control while still having the responsibility for the patients the student is looking after.

    Personally, though, I love students. I remember very clearly being a student and feeling lost and no one would help me piece together why we do this or that, or why the lab values are the way they are, or why we do dressings for this wound like this but this wound is dressed like that. Or, no one showed me the little tricks that help changing bed linens easier, or the tricks of time management to make your work flow better.

    So, I try to pass on that information to students, to show them the little details that no one really thinks of telling them to make their jobs easier or to help them piece together the bigger picture of the patient's situation. Of course, a student who is always around, asks questions, and is attentive is more likely to get my attention and my help. There was one student who practically disappeared the entire time she was on the floor - in fact, I answered her patient's call bell most of the time! I can't teach a student that I can't find. However, I've pulled students aside for all sorts of things - trach care, chest tube dressings, IV starts, stoma care, and more! I almost always have something interesting in my assignment for them to see/do, and if not, there may be a colleague of mine who does!
    nurseladybug12 likes this.
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    I have had good experiences and bad in clinical. This my last semester and I was really scared about getting my preceptor for this semester. My preceptor had never precepted before but rose to the challenge. The first night was rough because of computer problems and no orientation to the unit prior to the first night, but the second was really good. I am looking forward to a semester of learning with supportive nurses to work with. (All of the nurses on this unit are great!) My experience in nursing school has made me want to be a teacher, even if it is just on my unit with students. But maybe even to teach nursing as my profession.
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    Quote from markkuss
    Thank you for pointing out the good things those gals do for us, students!
    Not all of them are gals, just sayin ...
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    Thank you for seeing that there is heart, soul, and art in teaching. Thank you for being the type of student that I will make time to teach--the type of student that I know has a true desire to learn, to grow, to change, to dig deep, to dig in.

    Know that I, and many preceptors like me, will never run you ragged as an exhausted student does not learn, will never sharpen my tone or alter my voice unless true harm could result from an action and it is imperative that you stop and stop now, and, no matter how cranky or fatigued we may seem, want nothing but your success.

    It takes a sharp eye and an open mind to see the positives where so many find negative. Remember every act of kindness a preceptor brings to you and pay it forward when it is your turn to teach.

    Good luck, my friend. We are lucky to have you.
    CT Pixie likes this.
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    Great points. How I wish some of the seasoned nurses I worked with could understand. Why drive people away? These folks will be our coworkers and maybe one day our own nurse. The golden rule still applies...
    valgraves likes this.
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    That is great! Very motivating! Thank you for sharing


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