I'd just like to hear how other educators handle this. When you instruct a student to do something a certain way, and the staff nurse comes along and does it another way, or even worse, the wrong way. And I'm not talking about things that are objective, rather things that we all know are incorrect (like opening a SR capsule to put in the tube when you know there is a liquid equivelant, or pouring all the meds into one cocktail and flushing them down the tube at once). And yes, I have been a staff nurse, and I will not say I've never done that. but a) I need to teach it to them the right way, and b) I have learned my lesson as to why not to do that, and have suffered the consequences. There are many other things that I can think of, theses are just cursory examples.
I feel like the students look at me as if to say "Aren't you going to say something to them?". No, I'm not...unless it is putting the patient in grave danger. The reality is, they were taught the right way, and as stated in a related thread, need to do what they need to do to get their job done. And even if I do tell them they are not doing it correctly, are they really going to stop? Yeah right :icon_roll It is not my job to police RNs, they are not my students. I know many RNs feel they wish their instructors would have taught them more 'reality' nursing, and more shortcuts. but I have learned the hard way, that all students are not able to differentiate shortcuts from the real thing. I teach first year students. they need to get the basics down pat before they can learn the 'modified' way to do things.
Any thoughts... anyone agree with me here?