Quote from Sherijo71
That's an interesting way of looking at it OcMurse93. I don't disagree and feel like I have done just that. Most definitely have spoken to my clinical instructor and do make myself available as to half of the other clinical students who experience the same things.
I see that you are an RN now; what did you do as a student to seek out these opportunities aside from speak to your professor?
It wasn't a matter of letting an instructor know. It had a lot
to do with relationship-building. People who seemed to find more opportunities coincidentally were the ones who put themselves out there - to help staff with linen changes, answering call lights, toileting, personal care, refilling waters...basically anything to show that we were making the most of our time there. I worked hard on trying to build a few relationships with the staff nurses, or stuck close to one or two with whom I happened to "click." I'm pretty sure they went out of their way to help me with opportunities. I personally don't think any benefit I may have received as a direct result of rapport-building is transferrable upon demand.
I'm sure you're not sitting around waiting for someone to "give" you an opportunity. Just the same, things have changed and there are
a lot of students who sit (even looking at their phones sometimes) or stand around chatting with whomever when they come to the ED (where I now work); it's slightly mind-boggling. I tell you this to point out that if you are pleasant, observant and interested, and ready to learn and help, and
if you reach out to the nurses and get involved in what they're doing, you will likely stand out amongst your peers, and you will get opportunities.
Good luck ~