i have just completed my last semester of clinicals (i graduate next month - yeah!). here are my thoughts...
1) students who are in fundamentals (first semester) are terrified of being on the floor & answering bells. it is so intimidating to most (i am an aide, so not so much for me). i'm not sure if the nurses realize that, and instead view the hesitation as trying to avoid working.
2) i have had an aide hand me a stack of linen and tell me that mr. jones' bed needs to be changed (she was hanging out in the nurses station). i was leaving the floor a meal break (yes, i know nurses in the real world don't get breaks, but we were required, and required to do our best to stay on schedule) and told her so. she told me, "then give these to whichever student is covering for you". that's just an example of the types of experiences we've had with aides. i had clinical at 5 hospitals, and it's not always like this, but i've actually had aides cheer "yes!" when they find out i have one of their patients. on the other hand, i go out of my way to thank aides and help when i can because that, too, is something we need to do as nurses (and because i understand what they do). for those students who feel they aren't here to do aide work - remember when you graduate that aides are invaluable to you, and will give more to the nurses who appreciate them and treat them as human beings.
3) i actually had a nickname at this last clinical, because twice i said to a nurse "can i take your incoming admit?" and both times, there were orders for soapsuds enemas til clear! so she called me soapsuds at the end, but it was clear that she appreciated initiative. however, there was at least one other student in this same clinical who would avoid work, never answered bells, sat around. he was spoken to by our clinical instructor (as it should be). young and arrogant. but i digress....
4) i know there is a huge level of frustration about staffing right now, so i'd like all nurses who deal with students to consider something. there were 2 hospitals at which i took clinical which are both very close to my home but which i refused to apply to, because of my experience with the nursing staff during clinicals. if you are "too busy" to help students or to even be polite to them, you're not helping your staffing issues.
5) like someone else mentioned, there were nurses who would seek us out if they had something interesting going on. i so admired and appreciated those nurses, and you can guess which ones i went to first to see if there were any tasks i could take off of their plate.
6) this last clinical was on a med/surg floor with a lot of fast turnovers, so we were not given our assignments until pre-conference. it would have been nice to have been given the opportunity to study their h&p ahead of time, but it wasn't realistic.
7) sadly, i have found the recent grads to be some of the rudest of the nursing staff. there is no excuse for that, and it proves nothing but your level of arrogance.
there isn't much coherency in my above points, but i could sum it up by saying that in my clinical experience, i learned a lot about the kind of nurse i want to be - and the kind of nurse i don't. whether you are aware of it or not, you are influencing the students on your unit. how you are influencing them is up to you.