Quote from ScientistSalarian
FWIW I've been told by a faculty member that to some degree they actually prefer to start with inexperienced students so that they can teach them EXACTLY how they want things done - breaking ingrained bad habits can sometimes be more difficult than starting from scratch.
...and I'm sure that nurse was not a CNA; wonder how fond they were of them.
As a former CNA, and a LPN when entering my nursing programs, I left my job at MY JOB; I was a student first. I still got butterflies when it was the first day of clinical, when I had to perform a procedure, and when I got to shadow in other units.
If anything, I saw more people throw their weight around that had NO EXPERIENCE, than the ones that did; it goes both ways in terms of student behavior. The only thing I had was HIPAA-protected sage stories in dealing with challenging patients; I did have cohorts ask me to help handle a challenging patient; or if they needed help in the fundamentals, I helped them learn how to cluster care safely; the same techniques learned in nursing school are the same ones that experience healthcare workers do.
The only thing when having previous healthcare experience allows is a form of comfort zone in handing ADLs, vitals signs; clustering care/especially when you are a tech or LPN that is used to having 10-20 patients; but that can be rectified by inexperienced students practicing as much as possible.