Quote from griffly
Hey everyone. I'm sure u get posts like this all the time, but I'm a junior in my bsn program and I'm about to start clinicals this month for the first time. I'm a little nervous and apprehensive. If anyone has a few words of wisdom...or any kind of advice i would greatly appreciate it...thanks!!!!
Hope this helps,
Words of wisdom:
1) You are a student - it is ok to not know something. However, it is not ok to not know something and try to do it anyway. Always ask when unsure.
2) Get in the habit of asking is there anything else I can do for you before heading out of the room. Invariably you will be called back because they forgot they wanted water with their pain meds.
3) When researching your patient (and always research the night before if possible) try and get the big picture about what is going on. You will be amazed at what you remember of the details if you have a clear idea of the big picture.
4) Ask as many questions as you can (of the patient, your preceptor, the assigned RN, the charge nurse, doctors, etc). Corollary - try not to be a pain about it though.
You will need to find a system that works for you - however, what I usually start with is a sheet of paper with pt name, diagnosis, allergies, doctor, age, a 7 point assessment (Neuro, Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Geniturinary, Integumentary, Safety), then a med list on the side what is given when.
As a student I would include side effects of meds and symptoms of medical history.