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- Aug 19, '12 by bbuerkeLOVE nursing students - their idealism and enthusiasm are infectious. While it may take a little more time out of a nurse's day to work with a student, it is so worth it. You never know, down the road that student may be the future nurse who takes care of me when I'm sick. What an honor and a privilege to be a part of his/her early professional development. Thank you commuter for taking the time to write such a thoughtful, encouraging, and supportive post.
- Aug 19, '12 by sarahrnayIt was refreshing to see a Registered Nurse active in the field give respect to the student nurses and RN hopefuls. When I was in my first year of my ADN program, my clinical instructor once told me that "nurses eat their young" and while it's "not fair" it "is what it is." I never understood why. There doesn't seem to be any great reason that anyone has been able to yet provide me to support why this system is in place, or why it's so widely accepted, but it's reading this article really made me realize that there are still practicing RNs in the world who do appreciate the nurses of tomorrow.
We may not be RNs yet, but our knowledge base and our enthusiasm is strong, and our work ethic alone is enough to have earned respect.
- Aug 19, '12 by TheCommuterQuote from sarahrnayA nursing educator who authors a blog has some ideas on why this phenomenon occurs. Some would say that nurses perceive themselves to be oppressed and, therefore, lash out on others around them:When I was in my first year of my ADN program, my clinical instructor once told me that "nurses eat their young" and while it's "not fair" it "is what it is." I never understood why. There doesn't seem to be any great reason that anyone has been able to yet provide me to support why this system is in place, or why it's so widely accepted, but it's reading this article really made me realize that there are still practicing RNs in the world who do appreciate the nurses of tomorrow.
There has been something interesting observed in psychological studies of people who are opressed or who perceive themselves to be so. At times, in an effort to feel empowered and stable, these very people can become oppressive to others themselves; sort of a false hierarchy emerges based on assumed criteria that seem to establish a social order.
- Aug 19, '12 by catdawgNeeded this! Thanks!
- Aug 20, '12 by gregm890Well Said!!
- Aug 20, '12 by sistasoulI LOVE having students on my unit. While I don't formally precept I enjoy students. I want to pre-cept but my anxiety gets in the way of being allowed to precept. I am a teacher at heart and take any chance I can to educate the students and even the nursing assistants who are interested or in nursing school.
I graduated in 2008 and had some poor experiences with some RNs. Some treated us as nursing assistants and/or bothersome. Nursing students should not be treated as "extra hands" for the nursing assistants. They are there primarily to learn to be an RN. Of course if the students have some down time they are more than welcome to help out wherever they can. Because of my experience I always treat the students with a welcoming attitude.
I think the stress of the job can make people not be as nice as they normally would be to students.
- Aug 21, '12 by UltraRNThese reasons help me understand my love for being a nurse.
I define being a nurse as being a teacher, helper, example, friend, caregiver, advocate, and moral compass all-in-one.
- Sep 16, '12 by misstgoAwwwww. Thank you:-) Positive nurses like you really keep encouraging student nurses like me !