I am an end of first year student. I have loved our clinicals, but not all the nurses. Our instructor has 6 students and can't be everywhere at once! That being said.... We are given patients that in "my" mind we are really responsible for. We are to report to the nurse who REALLY has the responsibility of that patient first-- to make sure we are doing all the care and assessments that are required. ( I really do take this serious!! I would HATE to miss something !) If I come to my nurse and say someone's JP is x amt, ( and it is not in the care plan on what is acceptable drainage) I would GREATLY appreciate her/him taking a few moments to acknowledge my concern by explaining the whys and whats of the situation.
What I have NOT appreciated is being made to feel like "I" am the idiot for asking what to "YOU" seems silly and inappropriate. I am a student! What do I really know about post-op JPs? Not much to be honest! Some drains barely register 50 ml after 8 hours. If I saw this lady with a JP nearly full, I would probably come to the nurse asking if that was normal.....( and nevermind looking in my book...I can't find any book that agrees with others!)
I think it would be great if people remembered what it was like to be a student, and cut each one of us some slack... just once that day.
And just for the record...When I have a nurse that really acts like she cares that I learn something.. I work my tail off for her. When I am done with my day, her rooms are spotless, urinals emptied, commodes cleaned, beds made,linen closets filled, CS orders filled, charts done,VS done, Bags ready to hang, med sheets done, bagels in the break room and happy aides for the rest of her shift.
Looking forward to being a RN and mentor!