I think if they are real new students, they have trouble understanding what it is that they are supposed to do. For example, "do a cardiac assessment..." 1.) Where to start?
It sounds SO (potentially) complex to to a newbie. To an experienced nurse, I'm automatically doing it as I talk to you. Color normal? Skin dry? Breathing normally......without effort? Able to talk without being short of breath? Lucid? Able to move about in bed without being short winded? Any little drops of perspiration on the forehead? How is the blood pressure? Any complaints of chest pain or pressure? Any nausea? Any cardiac meds?Listen to heart--apical pulse- with stethoscope. I can do all this in 2 minutes and have a pretty good idea of cardiac status.Not a full blown cardiac assessment, but a
pretty good idea.
To a newbie, it sounds like a big deal.
Yep, it comes from years of reading and figuring out which symptoms go with which system, coronary..or what? And it comes with experience.
It doesn't hurt to relieve their anxiety and point them in the right direction.
I remember an instructor asking me in front of the whole class, "What do you think your role is as a nurse?
I thought about it....and thought about it....and thought some more, and was struck dumb with fright and fear and ignorance. I never had thought about it and didn't know what my "role" was. I answered, "I don't think I have a role." ha ha ha ha ha ha
No one laughed , thank goodness !! But I will never forget that incident.
Now, I understand that -- as a nursing student-- I didn't understand my role in the hospital, nor did I understand my future role as a nurse. To me, the hospital was just there so I could do the required clinicals. I didn't think I had any impact on anything or anybody. I understood the housekeepers cleaned, the security guards guarded, the cooks cooked, but I did not know for sure what nurses actually did, what their "roles" were. To me, "roles" were what Hollywood actresses had. ha ha
Now, it is an extremely simple question. 'Cause now I certainly understand what my responsiblities are....clearly defined in the Nurse Practice Act and in employer policies.
So, I guess I am just trying to say, I think the inquirers are "green" and seeking direction.
And, no, it doesn't make any of us ogres to get annoyed with them.
Maybe that would be an interesting thread, stories of fright before we were "competents."