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    Suggestions for an eager student!

    Oh, and one more thing. I know that it's different at every hospital and obviously every student is different but I don't really need a nurse that can sit down and teach every single thing I see. I would rather watch and observe to see what they do because that's the best way to learn. I just thought everyone should know my opinion on that because I think a lot of students feel the same way. Yeah, I may have a few questions every once and awhile but it's not like I expect the nurse to sit there and have a full on lecture. Also, I work as a tech in the ED/ICU where I work and am quite familiar with these type of patients. I make sure and tell the nurses I am paired with about this. I am very active during clinicals, doing things that I KNOW will save my nurse time. Himilayaneyes: out of all the units I have ever been at clinicals, the ICU nurses were probably some of the nicest I have seen. I had a nurse one week that I followed for an hour or so and then eventually just started predicting what she would do and do it for her so she could chart. When she got up to draw blood from the CVP line, I got up and did it for her. When it came time to do oral care, I would get up and do it. She was so thankful for this and even though she did barely any teaching, it was probably one of the best days at clinicals I've ever had. She was nice, trusted me, and actually WANTED me to help and saw that I could without getting in her way.
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    Suggestions for an eager student!

    Thank you for the advice everyone, I really appreciate it. Simboka, your response cracked me up. I like what you said at the end about remembering this for when I graduate because every time I leave clinicals, I think that exact thought. I have talked to my instructors whenever I have nurses like this. At the 5 hospitals in Phoenix that I have been to for clinicals, 4 of them are in the same hospital "system". The nurses at these hospitals actually receive raises based on patient/student reviews. For this reason I make sure that I write down the names of all the nurses I work with. Also, the nurses there get a choice if they would like to take a student or not. During both my peds and OB rotation, the charge actually had a premade schedule every week so the nurse always knew she had a student ahead of them. Even then, some were rude. If a schedule is not made then the nurse is simply asked, "is it ok if a student works with you today?" and they have the choice to say yes or no. Llg: sorry if my words were inconsistent. I guess I was just using this as a time to vent because it's something that frustrates me. I apologize if it didn't make sense. Again, thank you everyone!
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    Suggestions for an eager student!

    Hey everyone! I am a student graduating in June. The reason I posted this question in the nurse forum is because I need advice! Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place or if this has already been a topic. I searched and didn't find anything! So. I am in my critical care rotation now and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Sometimes though, I get nurses who seem to hate having students! When I get to the floor, I smile and say hi to everyone. I find the charge nurse and ask which nurse I will be assigned to, and politely introduce myself to him/her. Sometimes (about 30% of the time) they smile and say hi back and happily assign me to a nurse. The other 70% of the time, they give me a fake smile or role their eyes and completely ignore me so I have to track someone down to help me. Then when I DO get paired with a nurse, she doesn't talk to me or let me help all day! The other day, I literally had a nurse look at me and just totally walk away. My classmates and I have also heard nurses talk about how they don't like having students. I used to think it was just me (do i look funny? am i not polite??) but then I hear ALL my classmates saying the same things. I DON'T GET IT!! What am I doing wrong?? Or what can I do/say to let nurses know that I actually care and am capable of doing things? For the record, I KNOW that I'm smart and competent and have had nurses that talk about how helpful and knowledgeable I am. Not trying to toot my own horn, I'm just trying to tell you guys where I'm coming from. Sorry for the rant and I'm hoping I can get some suggestions on what to say/do :)
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    Popliteal Pulse

    Hello everyone! I am in my last year of nursing school and about to start my critical care rotation. In the past, I have had a lot of trouble locating the popliteal pulse. I never know how people can just hold the leg and feel it right away. I'm worried about this and want to fix it asap! So any advice that anyone can give me to make this easier would really help! Thanks!
  5. AZnursingstudent04

    pvt trick/ passed my nclex ..thought i failed!

    Congrats! How exciting! I still have another year This may be a stupid question but what is SPIDERMAN?
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    Sickle cell crisis - Nclex world

    Hey noski, Hydration, hydration, hydration. Oxygen is helpful for preventing a crisis, not reversing one. Hydration is ALWAYS the number one priority for a sickle cell crisis (well, pain too). It decreases the viscosity of the blood, therefore the sickled blood cells don't get caught in the small blood vessels.