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- 0Apr 7, '02 by MacairHi, everyone... I need some help!! I am in the 4th month of a 12 month LPN program, so far its been all classroom.. Well Tuesday we start clinicals..at least 3 days a week until January. I am a very good student, and am usually very sure of myself, but i'm scared to death!! This will be my first actual PT contact, can anyone offer any words of wisdome to help me make it through my first clinical day?? Thank you all in advance for your help!!!!
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- 0Apr 7, '02 by microMacair---
we have all been there and done that
and one day you too shall say this to someone new
clinical experiences are not geared for someone that already knows all(and none of us know it all.....just been there before)
it is geared specifically to your level of learning and school program...
your clinical instructor is there and utilize them...
a patient is a person #1 thing to remember, but you already knew that.........duh
you will do fine.....
- 0Apr 7, '02 by cbs3143Macair,
You'll do well. Remember to introduce yourself to your patients and thank them for letting you participate in their care. Most patients like to have nursing students work with them.
This will be a confidence building experience, like getting into the shallow end of the pool. Your instructors realize that many of the nursing students are nervous and will be helping you to gain confidence. You won't be doing anything particularly difficult during your first clinical experience, so don't worry about making any "big" mistakes.
Don't do anything that you haven't been authorized to do, or don't feel comfortable with. Check with your instrtuctor when you have questions. The student who doesn't ask questions is a disaster waiting to happen. Best wishes on your clinical experience and future nursing career.
- 0Apr 7, '02 by susanmaryLook at the big picture -- you obviously have been studying theory -- now it's time to apply theory to your practice. You will do fine. Important to prioritize and make every movement count -- running into a room 5 times to get supplies when you could have anticipated EVERYTHING you need is something that comes with experience. You don't have to go to the nurses station for EVERY call -- ask the secretary to take a message if you're very busy (for example doing a sterile dressing change.) Remember -- look at the big picture. Be careful, be thorough, and learn to trust yourself. Good luck to you.
- 0Apr 7, '02 by mcrussI too just started clinicals. I'm in an 11 month LPN course. My first 3 weeks are a geriatric rotation. I have to admit-I'm basically doing all of the primary care, except meds....They come next week. We spent the last 2 quarters in the classroom, so it's great to actually be working w/pts.
You will do fine !! Although I've had my own doubts about myself. It's not the work that's overwhelming so far-it's the "research" and paperwork that we have to do for our pt's and all of their meds/diagnosis, labs,etc........After doing clinicals from 6-3, I come home and do 5 more hours worth of studying for our final Med/Surg class, and all of the pt research. I just keep reminding myself that it'll all be over in August !!
Good luck and keep us updated .
- 0Apr 7, '02 by mario_ragucciYou will have a good time. I still haven't had much contact.
Like, the nurse who gave me the physical, she stuck me with a needle 3 times (TB, blood,Hep) and I thought how that must be stressful for her.
Best of Luck, and just think - heh, what am I going through this for?
- 0Apr 7, '02 by P_RN Senior ModeratorConcentrate on your own patient. Do what you know how to do. WHen in doubt---DON'T!
I LOVE students they are wonderful. BUT there are the few that only want to sit in the break room and chat with each other...on the pretense of studying the chart, working on notes etc.
Stay with or near your patient. Don't make the staff have to hunt for you. Listen to your patient. Most times they will tell you by word or deed what you need to know.
If you do have to take a chart, Put a note in the chart rack that says where you are.
Good luck. I believe you will do fine.
- 0Apr 9, '02 by hapeewendyyoure gonna be great
great great great!
think positively, when you can that is
and get to know your patients beyond their diagnosis!
I was the nurse with the worst gag reflex EVER
(no naugty jokes please , I meant it in a harmless way!)
meaning that I would dry heave at anything
now I can eat fettucine alfredo just after suctioning a trache for a mucous plug!
best of luck
we are here to support you!