One of the best lessons I learned in school was from a super intimidating instructor. We were in class and I was picked to give her report on a patient we were getting ready to take care of in sim lab. My role was the new nurse giving report to the older nurse who had no patience for me. I HATED it and she road me really hard during the entire role play. I ended up getting annoyed and sniping at her, which only made her harder on me. The other students actually even spoke up and tried to help me out but my instructor kept on railing on me. I was angry/mortified you name it. I thought she was singling me out because she didn't like me.
When we got done with report she said to all of us this will happen to you when you graduate. You will not have an instructor with you anymore that will handle the tough situations. Not every nurse you work with will be happy to have you there. You'll be brand new, insecure, and a hassle for some nurses to deal with. They will treat you badly and they will be disrespectful. What she wanted us to learn (and explained to us as well) was how to deal with it so we didn't end up crying or losing our temper.
This semester I had her for clinical and ran into a huge issue with my co-assign. I'm not really one to lose my cool over anything but this nurse and I were ready to kill each other. My instructor took me aside listened to my rant and said now what do you plan to do about this? You have to deal with her for the rest of this clinical and you may work with her later. She guided me through it but left it up to me to handle. My co-assign and I never became friends but we learned how to work together. As much as I still hate that day in class, I have to be honest and say it really did help me out during that clinical.