jcthom, is it just one or two RN's that are causing these 'bad' clinical experiences for others, or the entire RN staff??
In my experience, there is usually ONE nurse that has a hard time with NS's at clinical. This may be because #1. They like to work alone, PERIOD!.... which I think is a poor excuse for rudeness....or #2. They are unsure of their own abilities and don't want anyone to observe their mistakes.
If the whole dept. is like this, can your class go to your instructor and dept of nursing and request a change to a different floor or even a different hospital??? Are the instructors and nursing dept at your school even aware that a problem exists, or is this just 'word of mouth' from other students???
Fortunately, I have never had a terribly bad experience w/RN's at clinical. Some of my fellow students did, but like I said, they were limited to one, maybe two RN's that were difficult.
If you haven't been to clinical yet, keep and open mind. Sometimes rumors are just that....RUMORS. And occasionally it's the NS that has the problem...not the RN. Also, what is the nurse/patient ratio at the facility? Unfortunately now, some RN's have too much on their plate as it is without having a NS to 'show the ropes'.
As far as how to approach the RN??? Be yourself..tell them what you want to see that day and ask if the RN will keep an 'eye out' for other educational opportunities throughout the day. Show a sincere interest and sincere desire to help. Don't act put out if you have to give a few baths or make a few beds.....the RN's absolutely will not respond well to someone that doesn't want to get down and dirty w/everyone else.
Keep us posted and GOOD LUCK IN CLINICAL!!!!