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I am about to enter my first clinical this fall. I am just wondering what will be happening? What will instructors expect from me? What should I get from this experience? Our first setting is at a nursing home.
Thank you in advance!
They will expect you to carry out your duties as you were trained to do them..
Don't take shortcuts... instructors are "actually" looking for you to do the small things... pt. nails, Peri care, "PATIENT PRESENTATION
" clean linens etc.. Remember how your patients "appear" are a reflection of YOU.
Make sure I.V. drips and foleys are attended to promptly. Nothing turns a nursing instructor off more than the idea of observing a nursing student with a patient who has an empty I.V. bag !!!!
Also pay attention to your patient documentation. They DO read
what you are doing with your patients.
lol@ lot's of poop and pee.. Yes, there is always that...
but it's not the only thing you will be doing although it sometimes feels
Actually, sometimes the instructors will do "on the spot quizzes" with you. Be prepared to answer their questions... Typically these questions involve what you might know about the patient's particular medical condition / limitations etc...
Sometimes instructors are "BIG" on observing you practicing your universal and/or sterile precaution techniques.
Don't act "nervous"... Be confident in your abilities...
You can do it.. I know I did.