Please tell the student who has to go the evening before clinicals to pre-plan for her patient the instructors are very picky about this part of the clinicals. I have seen one instructor be very nasty to a student who could not pre-plan because of transportation issues. A couple of students who rode together actually came in early, around 5:30 am gathered data, and went to the lobby/cafe to do pre-plan sheets. This made for a very long day but it was better than making 2 trips to Beckly, especially when winter weather and snow was an issue. Other students actually got rooms at a local hotel, split the costs, did the pre-planning and reported for clinicals ready to go. I should not tell you this, but there are ways to cheat on pre-planning, some info on certain diagnosis is a given, make the sheets and leave the test results blank, do as much as you can before hitting the floor. Nurses do not like the way students take the charts and do not check for outstanding orders or leave them on tables open, so please, at least tell the unit clerk where you will be with the chart, Always check to see if there are outstanding orders on the chart before you remove it from the desk, and Never leave it on a table open. I know you have heard all of this before but I think this reminder needs to be reinforced often.
One of the facilities where you will be having clinicals is sort of "old-fashioned" and the other facility is high tech and cold. NEVER let any of the staff at either of these facilities hear you make a negative comment regarding their style of nursing. I have known students who were given lots of abuse after a remark, warrented or not, was made known to the staff. One or two of the doctors at these facilities are jerks with no patience and will, if given the chance, be rude and nasty, report this behavior immediately to your instructor, these guys are in need of discipline and not reporting their behavior leaves the students and staff with just another stressor to deal with.
Personally, I love the students, their fresh outlook on nursing always gives me energy, but when staff is short, patient load is high, and procedures are in progress, please be patient with your staff nurse. I wish all of you luck, I know completing the BSN is hard work.