Believe it or not, I'm glad you are here. I love helping to teach nursing students and want to be apart of your learning process. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of ways you can make your clinical experience productive for you and your patients. First thing first; please do not show up for report without something to write on and something to write with. I let you borrow my pen today but it will not happen again. Since you are in your mother/baby rotation I presume that you have had clinical before and therefore should be prepared.
Your instructor told me that you are responsible for vital signs, documentation, assessment of mother and baby, and giving pain medication. So, when you asked me how to do a physical assessment I was a bit put off. I assumed that since your instructor confidently told me that you would be doing all of the thing mentioned above that you have had some sort of practice with assessing moms/babies. I had no idea it was your first day, and I am apologize for your instructor not preparing you. I will tell you how to do a basic assessment with mom using the acronym 'BUBBLE', however your instructor needs to be there with you to teach how
to do the assessment, as I'm sure you'll have to get signed off on this eventually.
I always do my own assessment patients, however to prevent my patients from having 2 sets of vital signs done q4h, I figure that I can leave it up to you to obtain vital signs and report any abnormalities. If you for whatever reason did not do them, please let me know so that either myself or the CNA working with me can do them. You need to learn how to communicate these things to me. Excellent communication skills is imperative to being a competent nurse.
Last but not least, I do wish you much success in nursing school. Just remember to come prepared, be proactive, and learn as much as you can.