Dear nursing student - page 6

Dear clinical student, I am your soon-to-be instructor. Know that I love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. I consider this profession to be a calling. I did not... Read More

  1. by   coadestone
    What a great post! I am in my final clinical rotation with 20 days left until
    graduation. It feels like there are 200 days left but your post made me smile
    and really see it from my instructor's point of view. Sometimes I come home
    at night and want to cry because I didn't know the answer to her questions.
    We're always being told that because we are "seniors" now the answers should
    roll off of our tongue, but I still feel like a student, not a nurse, not yet.
    Thank you for a wonderful post, I'll remember it when she's giving me her
    look of disappointment and not take it too personal.
  2. by   Newbiestudent
    thank u so much for this professor! hehehe
    I'm an upcoming nursing student this fall semester on August 30, 2010, and this post had helped me realized what i should focus on and why i wanted to take this major.
    thanks for the tips!
    i'll be sure to apply it when i get into the program!
    and when u said "smile, the hardest part is to getting in" it made me feel alot better and at ease, bcoz i've been feeling that i might not make it until the end of the program coz i have heard how hard it is...but then i realized that it took me alot of time, effort and will just to get in one of the nursing school...i guess, i will make it until the end! hehe
  3. by   Perthgirl
    Dear marty, I really liked your letter and was wondering if it would be okay with you if I read it out to student nurses at my uni. I am a nurse educator and thought that it would be a great letter for motivation and information about what is expected of them when they enter the wards.
  4. by   marty6001
    Absolutely you can read it to them. I wrote this while working one night not realizing that so many people would enjoy it and either internalize it as students or share it with their students. I remember the day I had my students read this. It was toward the end of the semester, and they are laughed saying how they wish they knew this the first day, that it would have made the unit, and me, less scary. Thanks for the kind words!!
  5. by   kbrn2002
    Quote from tokebi
    It was very nice to read such heart-felt writing from an instructor's perspective. I only have one gripe about it though -- care plans, but my complaint is not about how much time is deemed sufficient to spend on them.

    Care plans were very much emphasized when I went through school to become LVN. But never did I see them serving much purpose as I worked in acute care and long term care facilities. There's this little tab labeled "care plan" in the charts, never getting attention from anyone except by medical records and whoever's auditing the chart and harping on us if incomplete. In other words, they do not have much practical function other than being more paperwork for the sake of paperwork. Whether in a hospital or a nursing home, nurses working in today's condition of health care field simply do not have the time to sit and produce a writing composition. Please teach us relevant skills. Help us be efficient nurses and prepare us for the reality of nursing these days, not the outdated or irrelevant nursing models.

    Now, if the purpose of writing care plans is specifically to train us in critical thinking, then please forgive my impudence. However, if we're expected to believe that the plans themselves are actually important in our work, other than being yet another useless paperwork to be completed, I can't help but roll my eyes. I am extremely excited to start RN program this fall, but I dread for the vestigial parts of nursing education that will not see the light of day once we go out in real world.
    Wow, care plans not used by anybody but med records or chart audits??? I've been a nurse [RN] in LTC for 10+ years and regularly reference care plans and update them as needed, which is frequently! New diagnoses, changes in condition, new interventions, resolving interventions when desired outcome is reached etc. I don't know where you work, but if care plans are truly not viewed as anything but busy paper work I'm glad I don't work there. By the way, I don't work behind a desk, all floor RN's are expected to incorporate care planning into their routine.
  6. by   an2on
    how long do you have to complete them?
  7. by   thigginsii
    Absolutely wonderful article!!!! Huge Kudos......I'm truly inspired! Everyone should read this regardless of what stage in nursing they are in.
  8. by   livelaughlove09
    I thought this was pretty spot on and simply points out what this clinical instructor expects from his students, which was pretty much what my nursing instructors expect from me, and is not unreasonable. Nursing school is a very difficult and stressful time. As for the yelling part, it really didn't even jump out at me, but yeah I'd be pretty upset if any of my instructors, clinical or not, yelled at me, but I'd probably be more upset at myself because I would have had to do something pretty wrong. I'm a good student, and I feel I'm good in the clinical atmosphere as well, but I put my heart and soul into everything nursing whether it be an exam, a quiz, preparations for clinicals, or actual client care. I only wish my clinical prep took 8 hours, lol more like 12 for me. But when anyone comes at me with questions about issues with my client, I try to be prepared enough to be able to answer them. They say this will improve over time, that it won't take as long the more experience you have. I love the discussions and encouragement from this forum.
  9. by   inoj08
    so inspiring! ^^_ i wish my clinical instructors were like you. Keep inspiring people! KUDOS!
  10. by   Kyndall
    I'm beginning my first semester of nursing school in January and it's good to have insight and tips from a nursing instructor. Thanks, this was great! =) It makes me a little nervous though.
  11. by   marty6001
    Every summer I come back and re-read this article I wrote. I love teaching students, and yet, just tonight we were having a discussion on the unit I work as an APRN on and they were saying how evil I must be in clinical with students. I respond the same everytime. It's not evil to be "that preceptor"... You all had one of those. The one who pushes and pushes you to stop asking how and start asking why. I did. She changed my life. And because of her, I push and push to make the next nurse one who will change the world. Are they changing the world, the hundreds of students I have taught, I sure hope so!!!
  12. by   GitanoRN
    enlightening article for future students, thank for sharing....aloha~
  13. by   DisneyNurseGal
    Quote from marty6001
    1. smile, the hardest part was getting in.
    i loved everything you had to say, but your last item made me smile. i am so excited to start school - i worked so hard to get here!