Nursing

Expert spotlight: How can I create a healthy environment when nursing students are on my unit?

Nurse Leader Insider, October 5, 2009

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This week, Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, RC, MN, discusses ways to provide a healthy environment for nursing students on your unit.

Q: How can I create a healthy environment for nursing students?

A: It can be difficult on busy units to ensure nursing students do not feel like they are an imposition and a hindrance to the nurses, nurse managers, and charge nurses. Here are some best practices to consider to set expectations for both nurses and students:

  • Establish a relationship and expectations: A good relationship with the manager or charge nurse on the unit helps establish a good student experience.
  • Educate the students: Provide a list of tips to the students outlining important information to help them have a great nursing experience. Inform them to try to avoid change of shift for data collection, to feel free to ask the charge nurse for help if their nurse is too busy (rather than asking other nurses).
  • Educate all staff members: Remind staff to demonstrate that the new nursing students and grads are not walking into the same world that current nurses found when they started.

 

Read the rest of the tips on building a healthy experience for nursing students here. 

 

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