Quote from SusanKathleen
I'll be starting clinicals in September at a very big University Hospital. After reading many comments here for the past 5 or 6 months now, I started to wonder:
What is the ideal nursing student?
What do you expect from them, whether you are working directly with them or not?
What can we do to make your day better?
How can we develop your faith in us?
Thanks for any info.
Not to be a terrible person but just to honestly answer your questions: What I want from a student is that she/he not be with me (that I not have primary responsibility for her). I am old and crotchety and can't handle the strain right now. I will help students as I am able, I wish them well but I just don't have the patience.
I think students should be focused on the work, not on their cell phones, smoke breaks, or other personal matters. I know students have children to think about, etc. but mainly they need to be about the business of learning. It's really aggravating to try to show someone something, only to realize that she was focused elsewhere, like on the phone.
If you come to Clinical well prepared and enthusiastic, if you are reasonably adept at social skills, if you don't overwhelm me with fragrances (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, perfume, dryer sheets and laundry stuff, and so on), I will be eternally grateful, as will your sick patients, many of whom are seriously bothered by fragrances.
Be quiet, be attentive, stay out of the nurses' station, give your seat to the staff and doctors. Don't bring a whole lot of stuff with you, like all of your books.
If you really want to, bring some bagels and cream cheese or a vegetable platter but only do it once in a while. Send a thank you card after your rotation is over. Address it to the nurse manager and cite the staff who really made your time on her floor a great experience.
Don't be a know-it-all. And please forgive me for not wanting a student with me very much.