Nursing students who do not understand what nursing is about - page 6

by DNS on the go

8,270 Views | 69 Comments

Yesterday, in post conference a students asked me when are they going to learn "real" nursing. Each student had done med pass on one or two patients that day. When I asked the student what he meant he stated that nursing is not... Read More


  1. 0
    It would have been interesting to know what the student who wanted to learn about "real" nursing actually meant. Might have started a great discussion on the realities of nursing, how to be agents of change, patient advocates, etc., etc.
    I agree, or the snarky side of me says to have him write a paper about what real nursing is to him. Either he will learn a lot or weed himself out. BTW I am really just kidding. Maybe I am not quite jaded enough yet with education but I love having these types of students!

    OP, if you are getting frustrated with these types of students, or students in general, maybe just a shift in nursing education would work well like NCLEX review classes or online BSN completion where you are dealing with students who are a bit farther along in their academic career.
  2. 15
    Stop taking the OP's comments personally!! They are her observations about THAT particular group of students. Show some "critical thinking" people and make some intelligent replies instead of being offended. Small minds show themselves fast to be offended.
    Up2nogood RN, canoehead, roser13, and 12 others like this.
  3. 5
    I am near 40 and the only one in my class over 29 yo and the only one without a previous degree. When asked how long the others worked in their previous careers, most say a couple of years to none! Failure to launch? I think so! Many are convinced that nursing is a quick route to instant money and career success. Does this apply to all? NO, but it does apply to many of the modern nursing students. We do clinicals in many settings with students from about five different universities and this is a common thread. She was making a point about them, not you.
    Up2nogood RN, elkpark, imintrouble, and 2 others like this.
  4. 0
    Quote from bsnanat2
    Stop taking the OP's comments personally!! They are her observations about THAT particular group of students. Show some "critical thinking" people and make some intelligent replies instead of being offended. Small minds show themselves fast to be offended.
    Yeah, I also got that she was talking about THESE PARTICULAR students and that previous classes came with a wealth of different experiences. I don't think its a lack of critical thinking, just really poor reading comprehension were seeing here. Skimming and missing important details. I hope these posters are reading test questions more closely.
  5. 3
    you have to crawl before you walk folks!!
    imintrouble, JennyMac, and jmiraRN like this.
  6. 5
    Quote from bsnanat2
    Stop taking the OP's comments personally!! They are her observations about THAT particular group of students. Show some "critical thinking" people and make some intelligent replies instead of being offended. Small minds show themselves fast to be offended.
    Thank you!!! Unfreakinbelievable!

    Oh and I am stealing your last sentence for my sig line. Peace!
    canoehead, roser13, imintrouble, and 2 others like this.
  7. 9
    Quote from bsnanat2
    stop taking the op's comments personally!! they are her observations about that particular group of students. show some "critical thinking" people and make some intelligent replies instead of being offended. small minds show themselves fast to be offended.
    good point!!! also, insecure people tend to think that a negative comment about someone else or of another group includes them... these people usually think these negative things about themselves... assume others feel the same... and will become defensive when he/she reads or hears statements confirming his/her own negative beliefs.
    Up2nogood RN, canoehead, nursel56, and 6 others like this.
  8. 0
    Unfortunately some have to learn the hard way.

    Yes, being direct may be helpful as some people (especially guys) don't perceive subtleness/gentleness.

    But if they still want to be in their fantasy world and do not differentiate between nursing/PHP roles, they'll learn that the hard way.

    Another idea is that you make the students write a paper/project on the differences and the role of a nurse. (and this will be reinforced in clinicals when they actually shadow and perform some of the nursing roles).
  9. 1
    Quote from canesdukegirl
    AOx1,

    I LOVED reading your post. Very well written, concise and to the point. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you. It was kind of you to say so.
    canesdukegirl likes this.
  10. 2
    The first CNA that has been in practice a long time will eat him alive if he tries to "delegate" all his work, and he will not survive long. <------ See this all the time in LTC especially when they seem to think that the CNA or LPN will clean up after the mess they just made O_o
    Chin up and casi like this.


Top