Advice to Nursing Students in Peds Rotation - page 2

Alright I have been on days now for about 3 months and have had a nursing student placed with me more often than not. I have a different one every day for the last 3 days. I work in peds heme onc and... Read More

  1. by   Jenngirl34RN
    Thank you for sharing your advice! I start my program next month, so I will be sure to keep all of those in mind. I can't image trying to study during clinicals.

    Pediatric oncology is my goal after graduation, so I hope you keep contributing here on AN! It is always nice to hear tips from people who already working in that area.
  2. by   Nircon
    Thank you for the insight I don't see it as ranting just real life expectations.
  3. by   meljonumd
    There are definitely some "teachable moments" when working with students in the presence of a patient. Any many times the patient (or parent) is quite willing to turn the care into a bit of a teaching session. But there are some students who can't turn off "student mode" and forget basic social cues when in the presence of patients. I'm talking things like "Wow! I've never seen a wound THAT big before!" or "Is it always that smelly?."
    And I agree that any student on a clinical who is sitting at a nurse's station reading is doing it wrong!
  4. by   tnbutterfly
    Articles merged and moved to General Nursing Student for more response.
  5. by   elisabethm
    Thanks so much for your advice! I found your last bullet point about having positive interactions with the children most helpful. I start my peds rotation later this semester. I have almost zero experience with children, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect. At the very least, I'm sure it will be quite a learning experience!
  6. by   shelbs3
    Thanks for all the positive responses! I just want any nursing student to have a positive experience. And thank you esme12 for suggesting that I turn this in as an article. I tried to PM you back but I don't have the required 15 posts yet.
  7. by   staceym
    Thanks for the tips and advice! I begin my peds rotation in 3 weeks and am truly looking forward to it. I love kids and have a little experience volunteering on a peds floor. I think you provided some great reminders to us nursing students that being on the floor really is an "interview" of sorts. And I also can't imagine studying on the floor... our clinical instructors would probably kill us! In all seriousness, they are pretty great at keeping us busy by volunteering us to do stuff for the nurses (which I love!). Thank you again!
  8. by   artisticmind
    great advice! in our nursing program the ONLY rotation we had time to stand around- we were not allowed to bring books with us to clinicals, just our prep notes and our "tools"- was during our OB rotation. We had separate days when we were scheduled to watch births that happened during our shift and other days where we were scheduled to do postpartum care on mom and assessments on babies and we'd go in and do our thing and get out and let the new family be.

    Every other rotation we were with our patients from morning report until the time we left with little down time. I think if students are consistently studying for tests during their clinicals the clinical advisor needs to know so their clinical time can be better used. We were always told if we were caught up on assessments and charting to see if our fellow students needed help or to check with other nurses to see if anything was needed.
  9. by   noel877
    I will start nursing school next week. Common sense tells me NOT to do any of those things you mentioned. What the student did was disrespectful. He/she showed no class. But thank you for posting and the reminder.
  10. by   green34
    Is it their patient? Would the instructor let them help? Why do you not want them to ask a question which may help patient care? If it would have helped, then I would want someone to bring it up. I think that berating the student with a loud voice for asking a question was wrong. It discourages them from asking questions again. Maybe it wasn't the time, but saying a quick it prolongs the process is t that hard. Are you not confident in your skills to be placed with a student?
  11. by   QueenAnnissa
    Interestingly, we were told today that in our first clinical rotation, a LTC facility, that we WILL be expected to sit down, study, document, work on care plans during SOME of our clinical hours. We will also not be doing clinical prep the night before. (The reason being we would not have time to do 'prep' on a patient normally, so to the best of our ability we should already be prepared by our reading/studying, lab work and time in campus clinicals to come in, get report alongside our assigned nurse, and begin.) The thought is: as 1st semester students we are learning, putting together the material from lecture and our readings with the skills we have practiced in lab. And so their goal is: this involves cerebral processing, requiring time and conference with peers, instructors and our assigned nurse. We'll work on things as they arise and practice skills, observe and help our nurse, but also take time, perhaps an hour or two in the day, to sit and write out or update care plans for the patient, look up diseases, conditions, procedures, drugs, etc. This process will be different when we transition to acute care in the 2nd semester, I believe.

    I will reserve judgement to see how it all works-I'm curious because it sounds so incredibly different from what I'm hearing other students are doing in clinicals.
  12. by   Amistad
    Quote from shelbs3
    Along the same lines I also don't want to hear that you think my job is depressing. I understand that this can be an emotionally trying area but I love my job and most days do not feel depressed at all!
    YES thank you. I recently started working in onc/BMT and I feel like I get this reaction from everyone! I love my job and find it uplifting to work with patients and their families, although it can certainly be hard at times.
  13. by   Ciale
    Just my two cents on this...I think it's important to remember that nursing students aren't there to "work". Students know how to get a patient water and a blanket. I think if I was a preceptor, I'd try and find out what skills they need to work on and what they feel comfortable with before the shift starts. That way, you've laid the ground-work for when they NEED to be in the room with you and when they can take a few minutes to study at the nurse's station. I do not believe students should be stuck to you like glue. I've literally seen them almost follow nurses into the bathroom while at clinical.

    Good advice/observation on the while "pity vs. compassion". I saw this on adult med surg units too. You've GOT to have a positive outlook to make it in nursing or you'll be depressed.