Why do the unit nurses treat the students like this?! - page 2

I am always reading posts like that and I thought it was time that I make my own! To the nurses who are the nurse of the patient I have been assigned to for my clinicals on your floor...and even... Read More

  1. by   Wrench Party
    I will never forget the:

    -charge nurse who took me under her wing on one of her busiest days and still had time to answer my questions
    -the patient mother/baby nurse that taught me a better way to listen to a newborn's HR
    -the guy nurse that talked me through my first dressing change, and inspired me to want to teach

    I love learning, but I also can't wait to get enough experience on the floor so I can turn around and repay the favor
    to the next generation of students.
  2. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    What a great post! You are very welcome. I have to admit, when reading the title of this thread, I was thinking this was going to be another thread where I'd kick my feet up and grab some pop corn. Glad I didn't have to grab the popcorn on this one. lol.
  3. by   CT Pixie
    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    What a great post! You are very welcome. I have to admit, when reading the title of this thread, I was thinking this was going to be another thread where I'd kick my feet up and grab some pop corn. Glad I didn't have to grab the popcorn on this one. lol.
    and that's exactly the lure I was looking for when I made the title of the post..
    I WANTED nurses to read it so I could thank them and figure with a title that would make me roll my eyes and grab a comfy chair and a snack to watch the fireworks that it would 'lure' the audience I wanted
  4. by   FLICURN
    When I was a Med/Surg nurse I use to love having students. I loved teaching and making them think why is this going on and why whould we do this to fix that. Why would this lab value be off if this was wrong. You can read books and learn facts all day long, but it is so very different when you have to put all the learned facts into practice.
    In fact it was a student who brought to my attention that my pt with the initial diagnosis of UTI had developed a very severe GI bleed quite quickly when my tech had just told me he had just cleaned them with diarrhea. The second time he had a loose BM less than an hour later the student came and grabbed me noticing the gravity of the situation and it wasn't just diarrhea. I sent that pt to ICU soon afterwards. I hope that student goes very far! She was very perceptive for just the beginning of her second set of clinicals.
  5. by   CT Pixie
    I'm on a med/surg floor.
  6. by   samadams8
    Wow. I wish this could be more sustained and global--moving well past a nurse's orientation through to years later.

    The spirit of those that truly love nursing hasn't died. It's just getting harder to sustain. It has little or zero to do with what nursing it. It has much to do with how things are run.

    We need a sustained wind of encouragement. Thanks for posting this!
  7. by   seanynjboy
    I totally thought this was going to say something else...I feel the same way as a student when the nurse brings me to other patients when something "cool" is happening. Those nurses are the best! It shows they care about our education!

    Can't wait till I graduate in April!!
  8. by   Guttercat
    Quote from CT Pixie
    For bringing me a cup of coffee when you say I was running out of steam.

    I once had a student nurse run to the latte stand with the list of coffee requests from the floor nurses and techs.

    That was awesome.

    But I'm evil.
  9. by   Beautiful Mind RN
    Love to hear positive experiences like this. I am sure since you had such a great nurse to oversee your clinicals that it has reflected well on you and will make you that much more amazing when you become a nurse yourself. Best of luck in your endeavor!
  10. by   windsurfer8
    When I see a nurse being rude to a student I will call them out. We were ALL there and it does nothing to help anything. If the student is not paying attention or being lazy then yes I will tell them to get it together I have also called out medical students in report who fall asleep. I really don't care. If I am awake then they need to be awake. However nursing students are nursing students. They are brand new and are learning. Being rude just to be rude will accomplish nothing. The "eat our young" ideal is old, worn out, and pathetic.
  11. by   Aeterna
    I know a lot of my nurse co-workers don't like students. From what I gather, it's a control thing - nurses have so little control in a typical hospital environment (everything is dictated by patient wants/needs, management, and doctors!) that having a nursing student gives them even less control while still having the responsibility for the patients the student is looking after.

    Personally, though, I love students. I remember very clearly being a student and feeling lost and no one would help me piece together why we do this or that, or why the lab values are the way they are, or why we do dressings for this wound like this but this wound is dressed like that. Or, no one showed me the little tricks that help changing bed linens easier, or the tricks of time management to make your work flow better.

    So, I try to pass on that information to students, to show them the little details that no one really thinks of telling them to make their jobs easier or to help them piece together the bigger picture of the patient's situation. Of course, a student who is always around, asks questions, and is attentive is more likely to get my attention and my help. There was one student who practically disappeared the entire time she was on the floor - in fact, I answered her patient's call bell most of the time! I can't teach a student that I can't find. However, I've pulled students aside for all sorts of things - trach care, chest tube dressings, IV starts, stoma care, and more! I almost always have something interesting in my assignment for them to see/do, and if not, there may be a colleague of mine who does!
  12. by   reagansm
    I have had good experiences and bad in clinical. This my last semester and I was really scared about getting my preceptor for this semester. My preceptor had never precepted before but rose to the challenge. The first night was rough because of computer problems and no orientation to the unit prior to the first night, but the second was really good. I am looking forward to a semester of learning with supportive nurses to work with. (All of the nurses on this unit are great!) My experience in nursing school has made me want to be a teacher, even if it is just on my unit with students. But maybe even to teach nursing as my profession.
  13. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from markkuss
    Thank you for pointing out the good things those gals do for us, students!
    Not all of them are gals, just sayin ...