I'm in semester 3/4 of an ADN program. My first two semesters I was fortunate enough to have a professor as a clinical instructor instead of an adjunct who doesn't spend time in our lectures at all. This semester I have an adjunct that has never attended our lectures or labs and it is her first time working with our school and first time as an instructor. I say all of this because our program is big on learning and teaching how to delegate tasks. As a result I have had two semesters of practicing this in a clinical setting where I am asking classmates, nurses, and aides to do things. It's a teaching hospital so we get lots of practice with communicating. Rural upstate New York area (130 beds). Last week in clinical a few of us in my group asked our instructor (the new woman) about proper delegation at the hospital (in a large city 750+ beds) we're at because we felt that the nurses and aides were a little rude to us. When asking for help or information on patients they were hesitant to give report or completely dismissive which led to us spending more time looking things up instead of hitting the ground running at 0700. This is the hospital she works at so we thought she would give us advice. Instead we got "In my program we were taught how to delegate, but as nursing students we were told that we are below the aides so it's not your place to ask them to do things or expect them to be receptive." This shocked a few of us because we're not taught that and she graduated from a BSN program 3 years ago. Is it common for students to not practice delegation and proper communication skills or is that school's way of teaching outdated?