I am a student, and wondering--where is the clinical instructor in these cases when the nurse is bombarded with questions from the students? In my clinicals, I have been lucky so far with the nurses on the floor. However, we generally notify them in the morning that the students are assigned to these certain patients, and will be passing meds, doing am care, etc... and then we basically just report off to the nurse at the end of our time there. We may ask a question about something, or report something sooner that we feel the nurse should know, but we use our clinical instructor for the bulk of our questions. I would also get very frustrated if I was told to take someone under my wing for a day and then had to babysit them the whole time. I thought that was the purpose of the clinical instructor, to be there on the floor with the students, helping and assisting with procedures that we are unsure of. I will also say that I do tell the other nurses that if any patient needs anything else, please let me know and I'd love the experience of doing whatever I can. The hospital I am at now-Fairview-has been exceptional. The nurses on the acute rehab floor were actually so glad to have students, they came looking for us to show us all sorts of new things as they came up, that was wonderful. It is very nice to have nurses glad to see students-and also nice when the student lives up to the nurses expectations of them.