“But, I’m just a student…”

Posted on July 2, 2013 by in Nurse Stories


As I entered my first semester of nursing school, it was intimidating working side by side with the masterful nurses that were my instructors and preceptors.

It was hard to believe that I, a wide-eyed student, could even dream of walking in patient’s room and calmly and gracefully perform this job in a way that the patient would never forget.

Then I was assigned “Lily” who as it turned out was active enough to leave people less than half her age, including myself in the dust.

Naturally, her mindset did not parallel what the hospital had to offer following a major surgery.

She was up ambulating so much that the other nurses joked that she was the one taking me for walks.

Despite all the conversations and walks, she still seemed a little…bored.

Through one of our many talks, I remembered that she had said that one of her passions was crocheting.

When she had first said it I didn’t think much of it. But then I called over to the recreational therapy department and asked if they had any crocheting needles and some yarn.

By some miracle they did and I brought it to her.

The smile and subsequent hugs that she gave me when I walked into her room with the needles and yarn in hand taught me some important lessons that I’ll take with me the rest of my career.

First, the power of small gestures can never be overstated and secondly, just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you can’t touch a patient’s life.

This was the first of many moments in my nursing education that confirmed that this was indeed my calling.

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3 Responses to ““But, I’m just a student…””

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    LisaRN 4 July 2013 at 7:58 AM #

    Love it! Great story! In my world tho the patient would have just stabbed me with the needles and I would have been fired for giving them to her lol jk

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    Joshua Felts RN
    8 July 2013 at 4:34 AM #

    I appreciate your story. And you’re correct, student nurses change lives. In the end, the patient isn’t going to remember whether you’re a student nurse or a nurse, they’re just going to remember your care.

    I hope you had a pleasant time as a student. Furthermore, I hope your instructors were truly wise.

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    Chris RN 8 July 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    My years as a nursing student were the best of my life (so far) despite the all night study sessions and some groggy clinical days. I felt blessed working alongside my instructors and preceptors as they were always challenging and inspiring especially during my senior clinical. My preceptor demonstrated passion for her profession even after 42 years. A wonderful human being!

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