I'm a floor nurse who loves to teach......and nursing students who love to learn are my favorites! I'll take a student who peppers me with questions, isn't afraid to get their hands dirty, and dives in when there's a new experience to be had any day, over one who thinks they know it all or one who waits for experiences to be handed to them on a silver platter. And the ones who never seem to have any questions scare me the most......to my mind, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked, and if a nurse is too arrogant, too lazy, or even too shy to find out what they need to know to take care of a patient, I certainly don't want them taking care of MY patients.
Another thing I think students need to understand is that as nurses, our responsibility is to the patient first, and the student second. While I'd never attempt to justify anyone's being rude, sometimes a patient's situation changes so quickly that we become intensely focused on what's happening with them, and we aren't thinking about you---we need to call that code, run for the crash cart, push the amp of D50, transfer the patient to the ICU, get the restraints on someone who's out of control, or whatever. Don't take it personally!
And even when things aren't as desperate as all that, we are
frequently understaffed, or a patient's family member dumps all over us, or the doctor tears us a new one because the labs he ordered haven't been done yet, or the patient with C. diff has just had another massive incontinent stool five minutes after we changed her bed for the 10th time this morning. We get hungry and tired, we get cranky, and sometimes the social niceties are the first casualty of a long, frustrating shift. Again, it's not personal.......contrary to popular belief, nurses are people too, not perfect angels who never get upset or have a bad day. We've got mortgages and screaming kids and overdue bills just like everyone else. If someone is rude or condescending, that's a shame, and it does reflect badly on nursing as a profession.......but people are rude and condescending in other fields, too, and yet we rarely hear about nasty investment bankers or petty insurance agents.
Just my perspective.