First clinical rotation - page 2

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  1. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by nurs2b
    tomorrow.. the or
    all the best to you! let us know how it goes.
  2. by   zacarias
    Hey all,

    I go back to school on the 23rd and start actual patient care the week after. I don't know why but I'm so nervous. It will be on a med/surg floor in a local hospital.
    I think one reason I'm so nervous is I feel I didn't get opportunities to do all I wanted in previous clinicals. I haven't even done a foley yet even though I made sure the nurses knew I wanted to one. My patients never seemed to wanted to be bathed or there was never time, and I feel I'm just behind on some things. Oh well.

    Z
  3. by   babynursewannab
    My first clinical is October 16. It will be at a local hospital on either Ortho or Neuro floors.

    I can't wait until we get to OB! It's only like, um, a YEAR away:chuckle
  4. by   Mkue
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    marie, let us know how it goes! all the best to you and enjoy!
    thanks stephany,

    getting 2nd rotation hep b tomorrow ! first day went pretty well, mostly orientation to the facility, etc..


    marie

  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by mkue


    thanks stephany,

    getting 2nd rotation hep b tomorrow ! first day went pretty well, mostly orientation to the facility, etc..


    marie

    great! i be looking forward to hearing how your hands-on go.
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    at our orientation we were told (this month) late sept would be the start of our rotations but now it is oct. 21. i'll let you all know how it goes.
  7. by   Vsummer1
    We haven't even got our clinical groups assigned yet, or the facility, which means we don't know our clinical instructor yet either. I really am NOT looking forward to doing LTC again if it is as bad as the other school I went to had it...

    We did get some anecdotes on what NOT to do:

    don't show up without your instructor offerring to "help" and wearing your ID badge and uniform stating you are a student nurse Like I have the TIME for this??? What idiot student would do that? Apparently it has been done, on more than one occasion. Personally, if I were to show up anywhere ready to work it certainly wouldn't be for free
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    "we haven't even got our clinical groups assigned yet, or the facility, which means we don't know our clinical instructor yet either. "

    val, our clinical instructor teaches the lab of fundamental class. i like this as opposed to when i was in lpn school, he lab portion was taught by the lecture instructor and another instructor would be with us on our rotation site.
  9. by   Vsummer1
    We have (had at the beginning of school...) 59 students which is the most they have ever taken (d/t the nursing shortage). I know of two drops, but after this last test and the fail rate I think we may have a LOT more dropouts now. Plus we have to pass skills tests (in addition to check offs) and math tests, so I think they are waiting for the final numbers before assigning groups.

    I know that each instructor can only - at most - handle 10 students. They split us into two at the beginning of the semester with about 30 each, a Mon. Tues and Wed Thurs group. I guess depending on who is left they will assign the students to one of 3 instructors. But, like I said, the fail rate on the first exam was extensive. A lot of students said if they got less than passing (70) they would drop. If so, they are gonna be dropping like flies. But the instructors said not to worry if they scored in the 60's so I guess we will see who is left next week!

    I have mixed feeling about the instructor to student ratio. On one hand, I want to learn from my instructor and hope there are less students on her rotation. On the other hand, I am not sure I want her watching my every stupid (I am learning here!) mistake.
  10. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    hi y'all

    well...i'm in this weird "community" oriented program & this is the 1st semester.

    So, we have been working in a local "health clinic" for people w/ medicaid, medicare and a sliding scale for the uninsured. i was dreading it...you know i wanna be in the hospital, yadda yadda...

    BUT, i have really enjoyed it! it has given me a chance to work on my communication w/ pt.s and basics B/P, bpm & whatnot.

    ALSO, we choose a site to do some community directed work - either the public schools or senior centers. I chose a "congregate meal site" for seniors. - AGAIN I was scared because it was in a very "medically underserved area" but i was there for the 1st time on Friday and it was awesome the folks are so happy to have us we do B/Ps screen their blood sugar, we'll do cholest screens, etc it really is a blast

    but...i still can't wait to get into the hospital
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by beaRNwhenIgroUP
    hi y'all

    well...i'm in this weird "community" oriented program & this is the 1st semester.

    So, we have been working in a local "health clinic" for people w/ medicaid, medicare and a sliding scale for the uninsured. i was dreading it...you know i wanna be in the hospital, yadda yadda...

    BUT, i have really enjoyed it! it has given me a chance to work on my communication w/ pt.s and basics B/P, bpm & whatnot.

    ALSO, we choose a site to do some community directed work - either the public schools or senior centers. I chose a "congregate meal site" for seniors. - AGAIN I was scared because it was in a very "medically underserved area" but i was there for the 1st time on Friday and it was awesome the folks are so happy to have us we do B/Ps screen their blood sugar, we'll do cholest screens, etc it really is a blast

    but...i still can't wait to get into the hospital
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by bearnwhenigroup
    hi y'all

    well...i'm in this weird "community" oriented program & this is the 1st semester.

    so, we have been working in a local "health clinic" for people w/ medicaid, medicare and a sliding scale for the uninsured. i was dreading it...you know i wanna be in the hospital, yadda yadda...

    but, i have really enjoyed it! it has given me a chance to work on my communication w/ pt.s and basics b/p, bpm & whatnot. :d

    also, we choose a site to do some community directed work - either the public schools or senior centers. i chose a "congregate meal site" for seniors. - again i was scared because it was in a very "medically underserved area" but i was there for the 1st time on friday and it was awesome the folks are so happy to have us we do b/ps screen their blood sugar, we'll do cholest screens, etc it really is a blast

    but...i still can't wait to get into the hospital
    i pushed the send button too fast. i will be glad when we start clinicals next month. i used to work in a clinic and i learned so much from the nursing perspective and from the population that came to us. continue to enjoy!
  13. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by beaRNwhenIgroUP
    hi y'all

    well...i'm in this weird "community" oriented program & this is the 1st semester.

    So, we have been working in a local "health clinic" for people w/ medicaid, medicare and a sliding scale for the uninsured. i was dreading it...you know i wanna be in the hospital, yadda yadda...

    BUT, i have really enjoyed it! it has given me a chance to work on my communication w/ pt.s and basics B/P, bpm & whatnot.

    ALSO, we choose a site to do some community directed work - either the public schools or senior centers. I chose a "congregate meal site" for seniors. - AGAIN I was scared because it was in a very "medically underserved area" but i was there for the 1st time on Friday and it was awesome the folks are so happy to have us we do B/Ps screen their blood sugar, we'll do cholest screens, etc it really is a blast

    but...i still can't wait to get into the hospital
    That sounds like a BLAST, great experience !

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