Am I the only one that hates clinical? - page 3

Im a nursing I student just finishing up the semester. I DREAD going to clinical. Absolutely hate it. Our student teacher ratio is10:1, and have not lost any students in that area. Meanwhile other... Read More

  1. by   scubadooII
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    At this time I will politely step out of this thread. Your comments about what nurses do and what they get paid for was what made me comment as I did. If you'd care to comment on those remarks, it would clear things up for me. I have the opinion that you do not appreciate the work nurses do.

    If I am wrong, then so be it.

    Good Luck with school. :spin:
    We'll miss you. Please call again.
  2. by   platinum_garb
    you know, when i was in the cna program i hated my clinicals. i think my biggest issue was feeding in LTC care facilities in the skilled wings. i couldn't stomach it. I have two finals next week, and then I am done with this semester (yay!). I really liked my nursing clinicals the past 8 weeks. In three weeks when we start back up I will begin with telemetry. Im psyched, but I'm also kind of nervous.

    I can understand your confusion and stress over clincals, though.
  3. by   RNfromMN
    fftopic: Platinum, I took care of a pt for over a year that had a g-tube for all her meals for many years, then, I don't know what happened...they did another swallow study on her, or something, & decided to remove the g-tube...leaving a permanent stoma in her stomach. At the facility I worked at, baths generally followed dinner (can you see where I'm going with this?) I'll never forget what it looked like to see partially digested spaghetti, mixed veggies & my favorite, strawberry cheesecake spill out of this woman's stoma when we had to roll her over on the bath table...for some odd reason, it never really bothered me, though. Just kinda fascinated me, I guess.
  4. by   RN BSN 2009
    I found clinicals rather rewarding -- But I didnt like getting up at 5 a.m. to go there... I'm a night owl myself.
  5. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Wow. Maybe it's because I was a CNA for a while that I know what AM care is, but what did you think it was?


    My clinicals are pretty hectic too, but I don't hate them.

    Believe me, if you think they are disorganized, wait till you get out of school.
    Geez...ask a sincere question, get a snarky answer.
  6. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Oh dear, I see trouble here. Are you in an LPN or RN clinical?
    What you just wrote above is NOT what nursing is all about.

    I can tell you haven't been in a hospital before.

    I'm really not trying to be rude, but you are in for a huge dose of reality. :uhoh21: :uhoh21:

    Go take a browse through the First Year in Nursing or General Nursing Threads.
    If you really want to know the real deal on nursing, I can tell you, that's if you want to hear it.
    Can I get some back up here?
    Wow...what is your problem? FWIW, you're still a student, so you are hardly in a place to say what the "real deal on nursing" is. You aren't a nurse yet.

    Cut your fellow students some slack. (Can I be the first to note that this was a student eating another student? What was that people were saying about how experienced nurses are so mean to students?)
    Last edit by PANurseRN1 on Dec 6, '06
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from scubadooII
    We'll miss you. Please call again.
    Thanks.
  8. by   I RN A
    I had never worked in a hospital before I'd started NS. I worked in outpatient PT office. I had no idea what to expect. But I got lucky, I had the best clinical instructor ever. She was very supportive and helpful. I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing after finising my first quarter of BSN program, but I think this will come with experience. I didn't know what am care is, so I opened my textbook and there it was right on the front of me pretty much spelled out. I love clinicals. I didn't at the beginning, but then I had a 93 y.o. pt. who changed it for me. She was admitted for pneumonia, and was confused. She was so helpless, I just held her hand. I wanted to help her, but the only thing I could do was am care. So I held her hand. I went to X-ray with her and held her hand. Then there was a time for me to leave. I was saing my goodby to her and then I've seen this light in her eyes. Her eyes were saying:"Don't leave". At this same moment I
  9. by   I RN A
    I had never worked in a hospital before I'd started NS. I worked in outpatient PT office. I had no idea what to expect. But I got lucky, I had the best clinical instructor ever. She was very supportive and helpful. I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing after finising my first quarter of BSN program, but I think this will come with experience. I didn't know what am care is, so I opened my textbook and there it was right on the front of me pretty much spelled out. I love clinicals. I didn't at the beginning, but then I had a 93 y.o. pt. who changed it for me. She was admitted for pneumonia, and was confused. She was so helpless, I just held her hand. I wanted to help her, but the only thing I could do was am care. So I held her hand. I went to X-ray with her and held her hand. Then there was a time for me to leave. I was saing my goodby to her and then I've seen this light in her eyes. Her eyes were saying:"Don't leave". At this same moment I knew that I love clinicals and I knew why I want to be a nurse. There is a great poem called "Old lady poem". You can find it on Internet. Whenever you feel like you hate your clinicals I suggest to remember this "old lady". Read this poem and it will serve as a guiding light for your practice.
  10. by   BoonersmomRN
    I have a love/hate relationship with clinicals. I love being on the floor, getting a taste of things, being out of the classroom, making people smile, etc.

    I hate 8 hour clinicals with 2 low acuity patients on a pretty low acuity floor and having nothing to do...and trust me I was always seeking out every opportunity I could. That was Med/Surg 1.

    I loved the first 4weeks of Psych clinical- dreaded the last 2. I learned a lot and actually think I want to pursue psych...just not the floor I was on ( crisis intervention). Borderline Personality patients emotionally drain me to no end.. I did spend 2 days over on Psychotic disorders and was fascinated by it.

    Found LTC to be boring and I have never been a CNA or even worked in a hospital in any fashion either. Loved the clients though.
  11. by   ldh
    Quote from Selaz
    Hey, I have to defend the OP here. How would she know what the exact tasks were for AM care at that particular institution as a new student --and she isn't a CNA? It's not intuitive --it needs to be stated.
    :yeahthat: I guess I have to agree - my initial kneejerk reaction was also "you don't know what A.M. care is?", but, then I stopped myself and remembered my very first days several years ago working in long term care and how foreign everything was, geez, I didn't even know what a commode was. I felt like an idiot but I caught on quickly. You know, everyone has to start somewhere.
  12. by   MidnightTang
    I'm about to start my last semester and I'm so excited to start working with a preceptor rather than going to clinicals. I absolutely love patient care, but after working for a year as an aide, it's hard to go from caring for 9 pts at work to only one or two in clinicals. I understand the importance of having an instructor watching pretty much everything the students do, but I feel useless when I have to hunt down my instructor so I can give a patient the pain meds he needs. It will be more challenging working with a nurse one on one, but I think I'll learn a whole lot more. Oh, and I agree with some of the other posters regarding auscultation. I feel like I'm just guessing what the sound was half the time. I've been lucky to have a number of very helpful nurses though. When it sounds different, I ask a second opinion. I think that's a skill you just have to work on over and over again.
  13. by   RNfromMN
    My preceptorship is sometime next semester, too. I'm excited, but also sooo nervous. I don't feel like I'm prepared for this at all...does anyone have any preceptorship stories? What's it like? What actually happens...I've heard it all depends on your preceptor...that some will just dump all their pts on you while others only let you have 1 or 2 and then watch every little thing that you do.

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