On another forum is has been stated that US nursing students have the bulk of their nursing experience making beds and doing bed baths.
As an instructor, I would never assign students just to do baths and make beds. Could you please post what your clinical day is like?
In my clinical.
First hour - getting report and completing the nursing assessment
Second Hour- meds and treatments
Third Hour - continue with meds , treatments, chart review
Fourth hour- dinner breaks and coverage
Fifth hour- pm care and more medications treatment
Sixth hours- charting medications
Seventh hour- winding down, completing the above
Eighth hours Post conference
Not too much time for bed baths and bedmaking.
Apr 19, '09
I have never (so far) been assigned to do only baths and beds. We are expected to do them as well as assessments, meds, treatments, etc.
To answer your question - we usually have pre-conference, get report, AM care, vitals, and assessments, meds and treatments, lunch, another assessment and vitals, then post-conference.
Last edit by Do-over on Apr 19, '09
Apr 20, '09
Our first clinical rotation was LTC and the skills labs were focused on basic client care at that time, so we did a lot of baths, ADL assistance and bedmaking then. I haven't done much of that since.
0630-1330 is like most of the others for me, although I have OB over the summer which will be 12 hr clinical days.
Last edit by Absolutely13 on Apr 20, '09
Apr 22, '09
I usually did bed baths every week and rarely changed bed linens unless the patient requested it (usually because they have not been changed in a few days) or if the linens were soiled. My day this semester generally started at 0645 with getting report, doing vitals/morning assessments and charting them (we didn't earn the privilege of charting assessments until the last few weeks of clinical, so the entire time we just used our cheat sheets and wrote out narratives instead), provide any AM care/meet pt needs (feeding, toileting, etc...) and then throughout the day was also spent meeting the needs of the patient and doing our paperwork - finishing our assessments, looking up lab values and creating a care plan, all which took a lot of time. If we were passing meds, we usually did them at 0900 or 1100. We would break for lunch at around 1200, return to the floor at 1300 to check on our patients and continue to meet their needs and finish our paperwork. We would also answer call lights and assist the PCAs, LPNs and RNs with whatever they needed. At 1430 we went down for post-conference which usually lasted anywhere from 30-60 minutes and after that we were done. This semester's clinical was on a general medical-surgical floor.
Last edit by shrimpchips on Apr 22, '09