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The Dual Role of the Student Nurse.
Leonard, Ann
Many times nursing educators expect students to react in an emergency situation in the same manner that experienced nurses would respond in the same situation. Being held responsible for patients is often overwhelming for nursing students, yet nursing educators expect that they take on this dual role of student and professional in the nursing situation. It is important that the students' human (especially emotional) needs are considered as they begin the nursing process of assessing, planning for, and intervening in patient care. How student nurses react in this real life encounter has an influence on them as well as on the patients. How instructors respond to the students' human reaction can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful initial clinical experience. The students' fears, their lack of skill and knowledge, their feelings of inadequacy, their identifying with the patients, all set up roadblocks to learning. It is the instructor's role to help students cope with these problems. Instructors should make a concerted effort to get in touch with the feelings of students and to be aware of their dual role as students and as professionals. (Author/LH)
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