I remember feeling the same way when I was a student nurse. "Why are all the nurses so mean to us students?" "I'm never going to act that way when I become a nurse.", etc
Then, once I graduated and had students following me.....and once I became a charge nurse and had 10 students crawling all over the place, I realized how those nurses felt. When you are already busy/stressed and you have a student who is a less than helpful/cooperative, the sharp teeth can come out
Here are my tips to get on the nurse's good side:
1. Be assertive. Can I empty that foley bag for you? Don't wait till the end of the shift and the nurse asks you about the patient's urine and you have no idea what color it is or how many cc's were put out on your shift.
Offer to help with menial tasks the nurse has to do, like bringing a patient a box of kleenex, even if they are not a great learning opportunity.
2. Don't sit in the nurse's station looking bored. (Or act bored in anyway). Chances are the nurses that are running around busy will be very annoyed by this.
3. Act interested in what your nurse is saying, even if you are not. If you are acting distracted when she is trying to show you something, it will come off as you being rude.