Student Nurses in ICU for clinical - page 3

I am wondering anyone's thoughts/experiences on this issue. Before I start, I just want to say that I am totally for education and totally open to helping anyone learn. I am a new grad myself... Read More

  1. by   New CCU RN
    I do have no problem speaking up for myself to the senior nurses... it gets you no where to be quiet and not be heard. And I addressed the situation with my NM who agreed with me as well as the charge RN who was a student of that same university and also agreed. The instructor should be there, it isnt fair to ask the RN to be the instructor of the student.
    I agree with what you are saying .... however, I still feel as though the instructor should be there ....that it shouldnt fall on to the staff's shoulders and even if the "university" and instructor is responsible.......I as the patient's assigned RN am responsible for the student......sooo say while I am in the other room with my other patient, the student does something that is not in the p/p and causes damage to the patient..... well, I could still be held liable.

    It isn't safe to have students without an instructor. We were never given her name or beeper or any way to contact her. In the CC setting, it is just asking for problems.
  2. by   New CCU RN
    By the way, this is new...this year...not having the instructor there... I found out from various sources that it will be the last year bc I was one of many who complained about this situation
  3. by   nadia562002
    I am about to graduate from a BSN program. During my med-surg rotation about half way through the program, my instructor evaluated each of her students to see where they would do well in for those extra rotations to places besides general med-surg floors. She felt very comfortable sending me to the CICU because she saw that I had the qualities to do well there.

    Aside from that, she and all my other clinical instructors were available when I ever I needed them. The students work under the instructors license. The instructor also verifies that each student is capable of doing certain tasks before they are ever allowed to run free. I always felt comfortable asking questions of the nurses for what ever I needed. THere were several nurses who seemed to disappear though when they found they had a student. THat was a little nerve wracking to say the least.