Comments about clinical rotation.

  1. I started my next to last rotation about 3 weeks ago, and ended up in Hospice for my Home Health rotation. I am the only one in the class who wanted to go to Hospice. I am also the only LPN in the class, and most likely the only one who has experienced a patient death.

    The nurse who is mentoring me is so totally awesome I can't believe it. She has the most gentle bedside manner I have ever seen in a nurse. She is also no-nonsense, and up front with all the information with the families and the patients, and to watch her in action is a great privilege. Her ability to switch gears in mid stream is fantastic, and she is basically unflappable.

    I am learning so much, and she has been so patient with my stupid and redundant questions.

    I'd like to do this kind of nursing eventually, after I have some other experience under my belt.

    Anybody else having a great or horrid rotation?

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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    isn't it wonderful to hear of nurses who give their all and "we" see it first hand. continue to enjoy and learn!
  4. by   essarge
    I have seen both ends of the spectrum. The nurses who love nursing and allow me to help with their duties. I have also come face to face with the ones that are unhappy and cranky....seems like they just want to destroy nursing as a profession. Bless the one's that take us under their wings....they are truly special!!!
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    MRed94,

    I'm so glad you are having a great clinical experience. I was one of the only expereinced LPNs in my RN program. I worked in hospice for 4 years as an LPN, and really enjoyed it, experienced a lot, learned a lot.

    This nurse sounds great!

    Will you let her know how much she has inspired you? I hope so. Best of luck in your schooling!

    Hospice nursing is tough, but it is a very special kind of nursing. Not very many can do it well.

    Hope you continue to have great experiences in school, and in your career.
  6. by   nursbee04
    I think it takes a special person to do hospice nursing, and congrats to you for doing it. The nurses at the hospice facility where my uncle died were such a comfort to my family.

    Anyway, glad you are enjoying your clinicals and have the privilege of working with a wonderful nurse. I still haven't got to start mine for the semester. (SNOW!!!)
    Last edit by nursbee04 on Jan 22, '03
  7. by   MRed94
    I certainly will tell her. I tell her when I see her doing something special, and I ask a lot of "why did you do it that way" questions. She is so patient.

  8. by   nurse0977
    I myself am having a wonderful clinical experience. My clinical instructor is patient, kind, and lets us check off on skills on the unit so we don't have to check off for our techniques class.

    I talked to a lot of people who hated their med-surg rotation, but I am enjoying the experience of seeing so many different kinds of patients.

    I am so happy to hear that you are having a good clinical experience. Nobody wants to become burnt out or frustrated before they even hit the floor as an RN!
  9. by   Brooklynqueen
    Quote from MRed94
    I started my next to last rotation about 3 weeks ago, and ended up in Hospice for my Home Health rotation. I am the only one in the class who wanted to go to Hospice. I am also the only LPN in the class, and most likely the only one who has experienced a patient death.

    The nurse who is mentoring me is so totally awesome I can't believe it. She has the most gentle bedside manner I have ever seen in a nurse. She is also no-nonsense, and up front with all the information with the families and the patients, and to watch her in action is a great privilege. Her ability to switch gears in mid stream is fantastic, and she is basically unflappable.

    I am learning so much, and she has been so patient with my stupid and redundant questions.

    I'd like to do this kind of nursing eventually, after I have some other experience under my belt.

    Anybody else having a great or horrid rotation?

    r u in the excelsior program doing clinical rotations? if not is there anyone out there in that excelsior program?
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Brooklynqueen
    r u in the excelsior program doing clinical rotations? if not is there anyone out there in that excelsior program?
    Check out the distant learning forum as many there are doing Excelsior program
  11. by   RNMeg
    Several of my classmates were placed in hospice for our community health rotation. It was my first choice, too, but I was placed working with teen moms in a high school setting. I'm really excited to get started. I hope I can make a really positive difference in these girls' lives. :heartbeat
  12. by   shannahan
    Lucky you! I would love to do a hospice rotation!! I've only had 4 clinicals so far but by second one was in the OR. It was awesome!!!!!! So exciting and a really cool atmosphere.

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