I am glad to hear someone is having a good clinical experience because my classmates and I we are having a really difficult time. I don't even know where to begin I have so much anger in me right now. We are on an orthopedic surgery floor right now for 6 weeks expect for one week when we are rotating and a couple of us each week will do OR and SDS until we each get a turn. My classmates and I either left very angry and about ready to go and beat on a punching bag to release that anger or very angry and full of tears. I was one of several full of tears. This is our very 1st clinical experience and we don't have a good clue as to what we are doing and we feel like we were not prepared well enough. We also feel like we have not properly learn how to do skills. One of my classmates got in a direct conflict between a nurse and the instructor. The nurse was telling her one way to do a skill and the instructor was disagreeing with the nurse and told her to do it another way. It got outright ugly. The nurses were rude to us and the instructor. The instructor (god bless her) is pretty stressed out because the nurses are not helping her out very much . Many of them obviously have forgotten what it is like to be a student and said they don't want or like students and a couple of them told some of us that we are a bunch of clueless students who should know more than what we know. We were not properly oriented to the floor, where things are and how thing work around the hospital.
Individually I have all the above problems plus the fact that my pt did not want me to give him his bath. He said his wife will do it. He also did not want me to change his bed because he did not feel like getting up. I told him I can do it with him in it and he also said no because he felt like I would make his leg in even worse condition. (He was in a car accident and had surgery on it). The only good thing about today was my pt. did let me give his med and an assessment. I felt clueless about the assessment though because we have to do a complete Head to toe. I pretended that I knew what I was doing but my pt could tell I didn't. When I told him I was leaving he said he is going to get discharged and told me good luck in school and future career. So that kind of made me feel a little good. Just a little bit not very much.
All I did today was give Meds and did an assessment. I did not do anything else and felt like I learned nothing.
I feel like a clueless idiot. I hope the nurses are not like this the whole six weeks my classmates and I are in a whole lot of trouble.
I always felt like I would be the average one book wise and the smart one clinically wise well now I feel like I am going to be clinically dumb and smart book wise.
This is a day I hope will be the expection not the rule.