First clinical rotation - page 3

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  1. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    i really am having a great time - i feel so lucky:roll

    i just wish lecture was as much fun i have a hard time getting through a couple of them...

    Sarah
  2. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by beaRNwhenIgroUP
    i really am having a great time - i feel so lucky:roll

    i just wish lecture was as much fun i have a hard time getting through a couple of them...

    Sarah
    I know what you mean, time goes by slow in lecture.
  3. by   Mkue
    Originally posted 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.
    "I don't want her watching every stupid mistake" :chuckle .. Val , I have a feeling you will be awesome !
  4. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by mkue


    "I don't want her watching every stupid mistake" :chuckle .. Val , I have a feeling you will be awesome !
    Thanks for your confidence! Now if only I had more... in lab is one thing, but with real live patients -- only time will tell!
  5. by   shell79
    My first clinical rotation was two weeks ago. I was so nervous! Luckfully my first two patients have been really easy, so the nervousness is starting to go away. I have a feeling it will only get harder. The first 3 weeks I am on a skilled nursing floor, after that I go to med surg.
  6. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by shell79
    My first clinical rotation was two weeks ago. I was so nervous! Luckfully my first two patients have been really easy, so the nervousness is starting to go away. I have a feeling it will only get harder. The first 3 weeks I am on a skilled nursing floor, after that I go to med surg.
    Hi Shell79 ! I have that same feeling that it will get harder Good luck, I'm glad your first two patients were pretty easy.
  7. by   peaceful2100
    My first rotation of this semester has been in the ICU. We are there for four weeks total and I will be finishing my second week up tomorrow. I was very scared my first day which was last week in the ICU but now I am not quite so scared just a little bit BUT it has been quite a learning experience so far. The nurses have all been great and I have learned quite a bit more than I expected and we are also doing more than what I would expect we as students would be allowed to do in the ICU such as IV pushes and total care of the patient. Basically anything the RN can do we can do as nursing students with our instructor EXPECT level and check the hemodynamic lines. I just have a really bad habit of doubting myself. My instructor LOVES to question us and ask us WHY this, Why that. Sometimes I am able to pop it right out of my mouth and other times I have to think about it (which is good, since that is part of critical thinking) but then I feel I am not right so then I don't say anything or I will say it but then I will be like maybe not. Usually I am right NOT always but I need to learn to stop doubting myself so much. The worse than can happen when my instructor is questioning me and I am NOT doing anything is that I am wrong and will learn from it. Which has definitely been the case for me. After ICU I go to Pysch then we do Med-surg but my clinical group is going to be on an Oncology floor for the Med-surg rotation.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    any good clinical stories, thus far! what procedure have you gotten to do? do tell, lots of love.
  9. by   RNIAM
    I have just met my first patient.It was interesting. All we were supposed to do was vitals, I didn't get it done today but I will be doing it tomorrow.Next week I will be doing transfers as well as giving a shower and the next day doing a bed bath.

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