Quote from bvouge
That was very interesting. I just put myself in your shoes, I visualized it. Although I'm only in LPN school and I have no clue what CHF is a d some other words. I was walking in your shoes. I wish we could rotate in the hospital more then nursing home but. You took it quite well.
CHF = congestive heart failure
COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
OP, I can't believe this happened to you but your reaction is normal. Especially with it being the first clinical day, I would react in the exact same fashion. With that being said, you obviously will never forget this patient and you will become an expert nurse on CHF and COPD. I hope the rest of your clinicals are not as crazy as this one!