Quote from sassynerd
so i have been a lurker for quite some time before getting into nursing school and now a first semester nursing student, so here's my first post!
my gripe is about my clinical and i'm reaching out to ask you all if you've also had the same experiences....i was super excited for clinicals and unfortunately, it has been a disappointment....let's start with the first day, orientation, the nurses on our unit gave us dirty looks, were completely unfriendly and unreceptive! we haven't even started, we were just taking a tour! that already made us all feel intimidated and we got the feeling to stay out of their ways. thus, when we were in clinical, we all could not ask them questions to learn.
2nd, the bp/pulse ox/temp machine stands don't work! so yes one of the things we do is get vitals on our patients, but the machines were just bad, the bp cuff would not inflate right unless someone helped hold the tubing onto the machine, the were no working thermometers, the one attached on the machine would not pick up anything, and we were already scared to ask anyone about this and when we did, we just got the oh well that's all we have! don't the nurses have to have working thermometers to take temperatures on patients? our instructor and some students ended up bringing their own bp cuffs to take a it manually instead!
we didn't have gait belts to help these old and frail patients ambulate, i mean is that just something they teach in school or what? the gait belt would definitely help especially since a lot of these patients have weakness and are dead weight!
i feel like we are running around like a chicken with its head cut off, my lower back is killing me because of helping move patients, neither the nurses or aides would come help, there is no working equipment, and we can't even document if there are any issues because something happened with a patient who had an abnormal assessment and we were told we were NOT allowed to put that in our nurse's note!
is this normal?
First of all you seem to be reading a lot into how people look.Nurses see students all the time.What did you expect? A big hug? Why would you interpret a look as "dirty"? Maybe they had a stressful day and a lot on their minds. Don't take it personally.
Secondly , yeah equipment breaks down and it takes forever to get stuff fixed.That's reality.You should be doing manual BPs anyways, not relying on the machines.
Gait belts? Yes we read about them in our books but nobody actually uses them.It is possible ambulate without one.
Running around like a chicken with its head cut off and your back hurts? Sounds like a typical day.
Yes this is normal.