First Clinical Off the Norm?

  1. I am beginning an accelerated program. Our clinicals are clearly presented and are the same as any school (L&D, Mental Health, Community, LTC, Med-Surg, etc.) except for our first clinical. There is no information given except that we will be put "in a variety of nursing situations". Huh? It will definitely be in a hospital but we aren't told if there are several or only one. Has anyone else had this in his/her curriculum?
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  3. by   mitchsmom
    Actually ALL of our classes are in code for some reason... LTC is "Vulnerable", OB/Peds is "Special Populations", Psych, Oncology, etc. is "Issues Based Care"... and my first clinical this Fall which is a general intro class is "Caring Scholar Clinician". The only reason I know about those others is because my full-time classmates are doing them right now and I've asked about them. Even our Pharmacology is called Chemical, Herbal & Nutritional Therapies. I think they are trying to be innovative but it is really just confusing.
  4. by   KristinWW
    In "code" - I love it!!!! My favorite is your Pharm title
  5. by   Altra
    My med-surg course this summer will include a "variety of nursing situations." We won't be assigned to one unit as we were for Nursing I & Nursing II. We change about every 2 weeks, rotating through different med-surg units, the OR, same day surgery, home health, etc.
  6. by   Altra
    Quote from mitchsmom
    Actually ALL of our classes are in code for some reason... LTC is "Vulnerable", OB/Peds is "Special Populations", Psych, Oncology, etc. is "Issues Based Care"... and my first clinical this Fall which is a general intro class is "Caring Scholar Clinician". The only reason I know about those others is because my full-time classmates are doing them right now and I've asked about them. Even our Pharmacology is called Chemical, Herbal & Nutritional Therapies. I think they are trying to be innovative but it is really just confusing.
    I think I'd need a chemical, herbal or nutritional therapy treatment to deal with reading your course descriptions! :chuckle
  7. by   KristinWW
    I finally asked. The answer is Acute Adult Situations. Huh? For a first clinical for students who haven't had Pharm yet? What could this consist of???
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    kristin, just a thought, look in your school's catalog under the title of the class and look for its description.
  9. by   KristinWW
    Quote from love-a-nurse
    kristin, just a thought, look in your school's catalog under the title of the class and look for its description.
    this is what i'm trying to say - the description is cryptic, unless i'm missing something:

    application of the assessment, psychomotor, cognitive, affective and interpersonal skills and concepts essential in coming to know those nursed in a variety of nursing situations. utilizes professional nursing knowledge in nursing situations and responds to calls for nursing.
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i see. the only thing i can come up with is you will be given a patient/situation and ask what would you as a nurse would note [head-to-toe assessment] in the particular patient's disease/illness [i.e. congested heart failure-dyspnea, shortness of breath, edema, wheezing, etc], what would you do for these s/s, how would you therapuetically communicate with the patient/family.

    let me [us] know exactly what takes place.
  11. by   KristinWW
    Quote from love-a-nurse
    i see. the only thing i can come up with is you will be given a patient/situation and ask what would you as a nurse would note [head-to-toe assessment] in the particular patient's disease/illness [i.e. congested heart failure-dyspnea, shortness of breath, edema, wheezing, etc], what would you do for these s/s, how would you therapuetically communicate with the patient/family.

    let me [us] know exactly what takes place.
    i'm confused as i wonder what type of setting this will occur in? we have community in the fall, so i thought not community. just wondering where we will be. thanks for your help!!
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i believe you are equal to the "task" no matter the setting or situation. i do wish you all the best in school.

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