it really is a shame that even on this site, nurses and sn's can be so divided. i am a student nurse, and i hope no one is offended by my response on this topic, because i see it from both sides. i dont think any of us can say with definite certainty that it is "always less work" or "always more work" for the nurse when they have a student. in my experience, it is entirely subjective, and all depends on the facility's rules, clinical instructor/university policies, and sn initiative. even in my small clinical group of 8 students, all in a reputable program, i am completely aghast at the complacency, lack of compassion, disrespect, entitlement and downright laziness of some of my "cohort." hearing "im the student nurse, i don't have to do aide work, that's the aide's job" makes me want to punch a wall. i do have hope however, because i know how i am. i will go in and do whatever i can to make the nurses' jobs easier and comfort a patient, regardless of whether the task is "below" my level of experience and trainig or not. we are all in the business of caring for people, and if we dont feel that way, then what in the heck are we doing?? it's frustrating, but i have to say, the heartfelt thanks that i have gotten from patients, nurses, and even physicians whom i help while i am "just" a student nurse is probably the most rewarding feeling i can think of (well.. short of saving a life i suppose...). heartfelt thanks to the nurses that teach happily and the student nurses that help when they can... its the best way to learn
and to those arguing on this subject, maybe less sarcasm and a less argumentative tone might help?