I'm just wondering what other students clinical experiences have been. I'm in 2nd semester ADN, doing med-surg. We have a large class, with 8 clinical instructors. Each instructor is assigned a group of students for the semester. It is the instructors choice to have her students perform the skills that we have checked off on, or not.
Last semester, there were three groups where the instructors had their students give meds every clinical day, shots and PO's. In other groups, each student was assigned one med day. I was in a group that assigned one med day, and most people in those types of groups only got to give PO meds.
This semester the instructor I have expects us to do all of our pt's meds, and I feel terrified! I have discussed it with my instructor, and she says that once I get my feet wet, I won't have as much anxiety about it. She wants us to be proficient by the end of the semester because in the summer we will be doing pediatrics. Although I am scared, I am glad that my instructor understands the need for us to perform these skills to be proficient.
A friend who was in my clinical group last semester, who also has only done one day of PO meds, has an instructor this time that will only be giving each student one med day. She is upset because she feels that it is not fair that other students will be proficient in giving meds by the end of the semester, and she feels that she will not get the same clinical experience. I think she has a valid concern, but some of the instructors get a bit defensive if you question their way of doing things, so she is afraid to voice her concerns.
Last semester, we basically performed CNA skills, physical assessments, and towards the end, we got to do some dressing changes. That was it. I was a little disappointed, because I thought we would be doing more.
This semester we are more nursing focused, but it is hard because we are supposed to perform the skills we learned last semester but never performed, and the skills we are learning now.
What skills are/were you doing in your first semester or second semester, and did all of the clinical groups in your class do the same types of things?