Because that's the way the school had it set up. Our class total was only 7 people. One guy dropped out on the last day that we practiced at our school campus. Then, we were sent out to our clinical rotation (wherever they tell us to go). So, on first day (more like orientation)... I got stuck with two group mates for a couplet assigned patient and then, two group mates for our group patient (we're supposed to write a paper on her). We were expected to practice on BOTH with our respected groups. I liked my group for our group patient, because we really worked as a group. No egos, no attitudes, just get the job done attitude. We listened to each other's suggestions, concerns, etc. We would have (most likely) ended up writing a good paper. We clicked as a group.
My other two group mates had a general attitude that they didn't want to practice much on our couplet patient. I asked them nicely a couple of times that we should do this, that, etc. I had a feeling that they didn't like that. They preferred just talking to the patient, everytime we went to her room. They would only touch the patient, after, I touched her. They don't know nor care that the next clinical rotation will require us, NOT to have assigned groups working on patients. In other words, one patient assigned to one nursing student.
I could tell that my class really liked the CI. Our class spent most of the time in the conference/meeting room. We would have gone blind on paperwork looking at charts/records. Of course, I liked that because I got all the info. I needed for our paper. CI was there to answer any questions and lectured a bit. But, that was it. The other people were able to practice something here and there (a few of them said so). But, of course they wouldn't complain about CI. She was nice and approachable, but after the class ended - I wished I had a different CI, I probably would've learned more that day!