RNs who guide nursing students during clinicals (and do a dang good job of it!)

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    Hello nurses and nursing students!

    I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of the nurses that help future nurses everyday while they are in the clinical setting. Nursing students can really tell who is passionate about teaching and precepting and it makes a whirl-wind of difference to our clinical experience. I can't wait until I'm a nurse so I can do that for a special student one day.

    THANKS!

    ~Sarah Danielle
    dorkypanda, herring_RN, LadyFree28, and 32 others like this.
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    I am so glad you have come across clinical instructors that are passionate about the nursing profession! Nurses that have a passion for this profession have a passion for fostering good experiences and supporting student nurses in their journey to becoming an RN.
    I teach nursing clinical in an undergraduate program and have the same passion for education as I do as a nurse. You are entering a field that is incredibly challenging on many levels. Outside of becoming clinically competent, you will have experiences that make you think philosophically about the world, your relationships and your way of thinking and being. You begin to see the world differently... more brightly and multi-dimensional. You will question the healthcare system and how it makes it difficult to provide the holistic care patients and families deserve and you would want for your loved ones.

    You have days you may cry or have a flood of emotions and thoughts of, "I don't understand..." This is all okay. Always go toward those that are supportive, kind and willing to offer advice and their knowledge. Do not spend too much time thinking about or taking personally, those that do not have these qualities. Keep in mind, even those with "rough personalities" or a different personality than our own may have these qualities. We all express ourselves differently.

    Through nursing school and beginning your work as an RN, you develop a personal philosophy of what nursing is and means to you. Stand by this! Do not go along with the crowd. Dive into research articles, think about and practice evidenced-based practice. Further your education when it is the right time for you. If you at some point, leave the bedside, never forget where you came from and where the heart of nursing is. The bedside. Always advocate for our profession and not an institution.

    Keep your enthusiasm and never let any person or nurse take that away from you! I wish you the best in your studies and welcome you into our beautiful profession!
    LadyFree28, SeattleJess, NicoleLynch, and 11 others like this.
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    I am also grateful for nurses that let me work with them during clinicals. Even aside from my clinical instructor, who, by the virtue of his/her job, signed up to work with students; I'm thankful for that RN that showed up at 7 AM only to be told "Oh hello! You're Susie? My name is Emily and I'm working with your patients X, Y and Z today." They don't know in advance they have students and I know for a FACT that some days we are EXHAUSTING. But I am so, so grateful for all of them, particularly those that take the time to show me how to do things, save me some skills on their other patients, and even THANK me at the end of the day for my help. My gosh. I get a little teary thinking about all of the nurses that have helped shape me into the (nearly finished) nursing student I am today.
    sweetf, workingmama77, Bonnibren, and 5 others like this.
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    I love nursing students, love having them on the floor, love having them work with me to take care of my pts.
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    I love students, I love orienting new employees. I LOVE TEACHING!!!!!

    I always have....thank you!
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    Quote from yesnoyes
    But I am so, so grateful for all of them, particularly those that take the time to show me how to do things, save me some skills on their other patients, and even THANK me at the end of the day for my help.
    I knew I'd found the hospital I wanted to work in upon graduation when I started work there as a CNA and just about every single nurse thanked me for my help and showed appreciation at the end of each shift. You can't fake true teamwork, and it's amazing when it happens.

    I, too, am always incredibly grateful to those who take time they don't really have to teach us their craft. A hearty thanks is definitely in order for everybody who teaches us how to be better.
    SeattleJess, Bonnibren, SE_BSN_RN, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Can'tdragmeaway
    I am so glad you have come across clinical instructors that are passionate about the nursing profession! Nurses that have a passion for this profession have a passion for fostering good experiences and supporting student nurses in their journey to becoming an RN.
    I teach nursing clinical in an undergraduate program and have the same passion for education as I do as a nurse. You are entering a field that is incredibly challenging on many levels. Outside of becoming clinically competent, you will have experiences that make you think philosophically about the world, your relationships and your way of thinking and being. You begin to see the world differently... more brightly and multi-dimensional. You will question the healthcare system and how it makes it difficult to provide the holistic care patients and families deserve and you would want for your loved ones.

    You have days you may cry or have a flood of emotions and thoughts of, "I don't understand..." This is all okay. Always go toward those that are supportive, kind and willing to offer advice and their knowledge. Do not spend too much time thinking about or taking personally, those that do not have these qualities. Keep in mind, even those with "rough personalities" or a different personality than our own may have these qualities. We all express ourselves differently.

    Through nursing school and beginning your work as an RN, you develop a personal philosophy of what nursing is and means to you. Stand by this! Do not go along with the crowd. Dive into research articles, think about and practice evidenced-based practice. Further your education when it is the right time for you. If you at some point, leave the bedside, never forget where you came from and where the heart of nursing is. The bedside. Always advocate for our profession and not an institution.

    Keep your enthusiasm and never let any person or nurse take that away from you! I wish you the best in your studies and welcome you into our beautiful profession!
    Better advice has never been spoken. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, you must be a real blessing to your students!
    SeattleJess, SE_BSN_RN, and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from yesnoyes
    I am also grateful for nurses that let me work with them during clinicals. Even aside from my clinical instructor, who, by the virtue of his/her job, signed up to work with students; I'm thankful for that RN that showed up at 7 AM only to be told "Oh hello! You're Susie? My name is Emily and I'm working with your patients X, Y and Z today." They don't know in advance they have students and I know for a FACT that some days we are EXHAUSTING. But I am so, so grateful for all of them, particularly those that take the time to show me how to do things, save me some skills on their other patients, and even THANK me at the end of the day for my help. My gosh. I get a little teary thinking about all of the nurses that have helped shape me into the (nearly finished) nursing student I am today.
    I know exactly what you mean. Nurses that take us in, whether they expected us or not, and show us how to do things step by step are amazing! I am in my 3rd semester and I'm in pediatric clinicals. I'll be honest, I had no prior interest in pediatrics before this semester, but now I have found my calling! Those nurses are awesome and I want to be just like them someday. Best of luck to you in your last semester(s)!
    SeattleJess, yesnoyes, and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from silverbells_star
    I love nursing students, love having them on the floor, love having them work with me to take care of my pts.
    And we nursing students (well, most of us) love to be at clinicals and love to help the nurses out. We will do everything for you if we just have that opportunity. Thank you!
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    Quote from Esme12
    I love students, I love orienting new employees. I LOVE TEACHING!!!!!

    I always have....thank you!
    No, thank YOU! Your passion truly shows and it is contagious. Can't wait to be just like you someday
    SeattleJess, SE_BSN_RN, and Esme12 like this.


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