I think also that nursing school glosses over the truth of the job. I was working an agency job in a skilled facility one day with a gaggle of nursing students being led around by their smiling instructor. She offered the supervised assistance of the students with my case load-I eagerly accepted since she was approved by the facility and the manager had already told me to let she and the students do what they could.
Well after taking 10 minutes to give one medication to one person (and that person had at least 6 meds due) they wandered off for some other pursuit. I had a complex dressing change coming up and she stated that it would be perfect for her students to perform. Yay! said I, thinking that by myself it was easily a 10-15 minute job. Well, I went to gather them, they started to follow and the instructor called them back and told them it was time for their break!
Oh they went away smiling like the joke was on me. I know that's not what they were thinking, but that's how it felt. None of them learned what nursing was really like that day, it seemed simple the way it was presented.