First off, this is not, I repeat NOT intended for the purpose of wailing on students. If your first time with a student consisted of a know-it-all type student then whatever, do share, but please don't lets run with it, eh?
Last Friday I had my first student. I wasn't precepting or anything, he was just shadowing me. I wasn't expecting it. I showed up at 0650 and it was sort of casually mentioned that the local state U's RN program was doing their OB rotation and today was orientation. I noticed that this one guy kind of meandered over to me, so I wasn't sure if they were assigned or what or if it was just a pick a nurse and go.
He was very nice. Good guy. The problem was that...well...say you walk the same way every day and the scenery is consistently the same, day in and day out. Then one day suddenly *BOOM!* there's a car parked where there was no car parked before.
And the balance of the cosmos has suddenly been shifted! The program has been shot! Methergine? What is a Methergine? Who are you? What room am I in? Who is that teeny little human laying there?!
Perhaps it was the stress of having a pretty sick toddler at home (it had been day like...4 of diarrhea for her) I don't know. What I do know is that I turned into a totally bumbling idiot. I was dropping pills, dropping pens, dropping my clipboard. Forgetting things, trying to walk and talk was suddenly like riding a unicycle. He was gracious, bless his heart, he had no interest in OB anyhow. But I can't believe that me, the one who had precepted student LPN's and new LPN's in clinic when I was an LPN was so clumsy! I like the idea of teaching, but I'm thinking we'll give it another year before I raise my hand to take on a student!