i think this year (well, hope, anyway) may be better....
but last year we had a group of students on the 3-11 shift (we are 7-7).
there is only one teacher, and for some reason only one student can pass meds to one patient at any time that evening, and the rest of the 5-10 students are sitting at the nurses station talking about nothing, learning nothing, and not offering to do anything to help.
its pretty frustrating.
i understand there may be a liability issue involved, but when a bed alarm is going off, and its the room closest to the station, and none of the students, or teacher, get up to help, i think thats ridiculous.
and if they are not giving meds, they are still hogging the MAR and when i explain i need to give medication to this patient they "have" they say they are still using it. they make it hard to chart or get meds passed and sometimes cause a bit of resentment.
to end that note, i appreciate students who do actually want to learn and help out. most of the things you learn as a nurse are going to be by actually doing them and not reading about them.
its nice to see someone who is actually interested in what they are going to school for!
i appreciate most of their thoroughness and the thousand of questions.
asking questions is a good thing!!
if you are not asking questions, then you either dont care to know, or just think you already know, which is not safe.
and as a nurse, we never really know it all.