I am almost done with my second semester of nursing school, and I have learned so, so much, and I credit the nurses that I have had during clinicals with this. Sure, everyone has different personalities, and some nurses are not warm and fuzzy, but who cares? As long as I am learning something, it's fine. Every nurse I have had has been willing to teach, and has thanked me for all of my help at the end of the shift. I probably am sticking my foot in my mouth, and will have a bad experience this week. (Hopefully not, ha ha)
My first semester I was in a rehab hospital, and the nurses were a bit less willing to teach, but I never had anyone blatantly mistreat me. These nurses were SUPER busy, and had some really acute patients with TONS of meds. As students, we have to remember that it's not all about us. A nurse may not be in a good mood due to other things or may just be plain busy. I will never forget the time that I had a nurse that I felt was annoyed right away in the morning when she saw that she had a student. At the end of the day she asked me why I had to leave and was very thankful for all of my help. She was really overwhelmed that day. She had a patient that was really going downhill (that patient died by the time I was back the following week), and all of her patients were on trachs, multiple IVS, etc., so it wasn't me. She just didn't need one added thing (such as a student). I made sure to just do what I needed to do to help, and not bother her with unnecessary questions. etc. I could also see why we were a bit of a burden at first since we couldn't administer meds until the last few weeks of the semester, or do anything else really except for ADLs, hygeine, and vitals.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I hear what everyone is saying. I have heard from others in my class that they haven't had such great experiences. My clinical group has happened to have gotten lucky, I guess, with our placements. However, I also do agree that some students do questions nurses in front of patients (why would you do that?), and ask a ton of questions that are either irrelevant or not appropriate at that point in time. Also, please, please, when a nurse asks you to perform a skill, say YES, even though you may be scared. How else can we learn.
Thank you to all of the nurses out there who are willing to teach us students. I appreciate you taking the time out during your busy day to give me information.