A day in the Life of A Nursing Student - page 2

by aoyak

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Indeed, it is hard, and you wouldn’t hear otherwise from someone who has been through the journey. Nevertheless, if your love for nursing is primarily for the love of maintaining, restoring, and improving health, despite the... Read More


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    I am sure the patients you have in clinicals greatly appreciate the wonderful care you are giving them, and I don't want to sound like a "negative Nancy" but... if you are bone tired and sore with 2 pts and a one hour lunch you are in for a really rude awakening when you begin your first nursing job! Don't get me wrong, I know clinicals are tough, I was there once upon a time myself. In the real world [the employed world] your pt load will be much higher, and lunch... I forget what that is!
    EphemeralRemedy likes this.
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    Reading this, what struck me was that your back hurts with 2 patients but I think I can see why if you are trying to do a total bath on a pt who can't help you who is covered in feces or have to put yourself in strange positions to keep from hurting your patients. Get help when you need it! There's no prize for trying to do it all by yourself.
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    Well, now that I have been working as a RN in a hospital for about 4 months, on a unit that even the DON of the hospital told me, personally, is a very tough unit to work on. I can easily say it's the easiest job I've ever had. Maybe because I have had physical jobs my entire life, but nursing is not near as difficult as so many other jobs.
    Nurses, as a whole, seem to complain too much about how difficult being a nurse is.
    People get burnt out in every career field, that's life. But as nurses we can change directions much easier than the average worker.
    teady012002 and cheriealexa8 like this.
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    I'm sorry, but I don't see how your lack of a similar experience gives you the right to suggest she consider another career. To be frank, that's very rude and inconsiderate of you. She acknowledges the challenges of nursing clinicals, but takes them in stride. What I saw was a nursing student who works hard and has a genuine drive to learn and care for her patients.
    I think your comment was out of place. Considering the time, money and effort she's put into this difficult field, do you really think it's proper to suggest she give up? You use this as reasoning for your comment, but it's just the opposite. Clinicals are for learning, growing and experience. That's exactly what she's gaining and the point of this article.
    Maybe try to be motivational and not a cynical kill joy.
    Sorry, just saying.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I don't remember ever coming home bone tired from clinical, and we had more than 2 patients for clinical.

    If it's this bad for you now as a student then maybe you should reconsider your career choice before you spend too much $$, esp. since jobs are hard to come by lately.
    I'm sorry, but I don't see how your lack of a similar experience gives you the right to suggest she consider another career. To be frank, that's very rude and inconsiderate of you. She acknowledges the challenges of nursing clinicals, but takes them in stride. What I saw was a nursing student who works hard and has a genuine drive to learn and care for her patients.
    I think your comment was out of place. Considering the time, money and effort she's put into this difficult field, do you really think it's proper to suggest she give up? You use this as reasoning for your comment, but it's just the opposite. Clinicals are for learning, growing and experience. That's exactly what she's gaining and the point of this article.
    RubberDuckie likes this.
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    Thank you for this! I feel the same way as a CNA but if nursing is the same with way better pay I'm so in. Feces, vomit, bile... bring it on. I agree I'd want the same treatment thus I can't give anything less than the best care. It's like a glorified, salaried 'Mom'. Can't wait!
    teady012002 likes this.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I don't remember ever coming home bone tired from clinical, and we had more than 2 patients for clinical.

    If it's this bad for you now as a student then maybe you should reconsider your career choice before you spend too much $$, esp. since jobs are hard to come by lately.
    I have definitely come home exhausted from a clinical despite currently being in a profession that requires a ton of physical exertion and being on my feet for 9-13 hours a day and being in excellent shape if I do say so. I think this statement was completely uncalled for. Of course there is a learning curve. As a novice, you waste a lot of time running around trying to find things, trying to find your clinical instructor to witness procedures and med pass and just all around doing things in the least efficient manner possible and helping your fellow students who also don't know what they are doing. Plus, you probably did not sleep very much the night before...there is also a mental exhaustion component to the experience. You eventually learn time management, and the most efficient ways of doing things that take less energy and less wear and tear on the body. Don't pay any attention to this statement. Every single one of my classmates was mentally and physically exhausted by the end of our clinical weekends. You are in good company. Hang in there and don't let the naysayers discourage you.
    designer-mommy likes this.
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    wow! thanks for the post! I can't wait till I start nursing school soon!
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    that is right if you do need help ask somebody to assist you..


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