Quote from MAnurseHopeful
Good advice about asking the instructor, they are there specifically for that purpose.
This may be a silly question but didn't you have a lab before starting clinicals like how to properly transfer / roll / wash patients, hand hygiene etc....?
I was going to ask the same question..no skill lab to show you the proper ways to transfer/roll/perform personal care etc??
We were shown in lab, then we went to clinicals. Same thing, LTC. However, even w/CNA expereince, we were NOT allowed to toilet, ambulate a patient if they were a 2 person assist with two students even if both are Certified by the State. Meaning, one of people helping w/toileting/ambulating had to be a staff member.
Maybe your classmate took it upon herself to toilet the pt, but was she supposed to?
The best thing to do is let the instructor know you're aren't quite sure what you are supposed to do and how to do it. Let her know you have zero health care experience. I'm sure if she's a good instructor she'll be happy to explain exaclty what is expected of you.
First time clinicals are nerve-wracking even for those of us w/experience, I cannot even imagine how scarey it must be for those with no experience.
Oh, and for the first couple of weeks in clinical our instructor teamed up someone w/experience and someone without. Then when the unexperienced one felt more comfortable and the instructor felt the student could handle it, he/she was then to take a patient by themselves. But my classmates and I always tend to act as a team..as one unit. If you have an easier pt, and are done with pt care, we always seek out those with a more difficult pt. One hand washes the other type thing. Because one day, you might be the one with the tough pt and might need some help.