Clinicals

  1. I will be starting clinicals at the end of the month with my first rotation being OB and Peds. I'm a little nervous because I've only done med/surg for the past 13 years. Any one have any tips for getting through these last two semesters of clinicals? Thanks!

    Sue
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   moni rn
    i wish i could help, but i don't start clinicals until jan. hopefully, some of the experts here will be able to help you!

    good luck!
    :d :d
  4. by   NurzofFaith
    Sue,

    I finished my OB/Peds rotation this past spring, as with
    every clinical just being prepared and organized will help a great
    deal.

    For peds patients, make sure you know the norms for vital signs, therapuetic communication, and I would possibly review age development, that way you have a heads up on each age group.

    For OB, stages of labor, norms/abnormals, we did a tremendous amount of teaching for this clinical rotation also. So I reviewed baby care to include cord care, circ care, and the basics for those that may not know...bathing, feeding, and a lot of breast feeding teaching. Also for the moms, involution, s/s of infection.

    I am sure if I am missing anything you'll get more input from others that post

    I enjoyed OB, but wouldnt want to do it forever..LOL
    Best of luck to you!
    Channa
  5. by   Rn2BinMaine
    Thank you Channa, I will keep those tips in mind and will review those points, especially OB. Thanks again.


    Sue
  6. by   BrandyBSN
    Actually, Channa hit the nail on the head, and i dont have too much more to add.

    more for OB, read up on Placenta Previa, and Placenta Abruptio, HELLP syndrome, pre/eclampsia, warning signs, and medications to be given during the episodes. DIC is fascinating, as well as Amniotic Fluid embolism.

    For peds... I cant help you much there, I HATED that clinical (im not a kids-type person. but yes, review the developmental milestones (Denver II tests). That should help.

    Good luck!
    BrandyBSN
  7. by   rnshallind
    To all: Thanks so much for the helpful information,as I am scared to death to start this OB/peds rotation. Now with your assistance I feel I might have a chance at passing this rotation.

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