Having a difficult time with my Practicum Experience: - page 2

I feel awful. Practicum experience is suppose to be one of the best learning experiences in nursing school. I am working on the postpartum unit, and it was my number one choice. I thought for sure... Read More

  1. Visit  SDgirl2013 profile page
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    Misty I can feel and relate to your frustration. I am like you and I have to stay busy, that way I feel I am accomplishing what I am there for. Our goal as nursing students is to learn and gain experience in every clinical site we enter. I would be unhappy as well if I was at a clinical site and the nurse did not utilize me in even the most smallest task. My advice to you is to find little things to do while she is doing her thing. There is always something to clean. Grab wipes and wipe down the counters, phones, portable vital machines. Round patients make sure they are comfortable and have everything they need. Let the nurse know that you are checking on pts. and to grab you when she needs you. One good thing about clinicals is that we get a feel of what area we want to work and what area we don't want to work in. It also teaches us to be that "awesome RN at my clinical site.." kind of nurse when we have nursing students. We all start somewhere!! Good luck! :}
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  3. Visit  mistymae22 profile page
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    Yah, I try to clean something and I always check on my patients and see if they need anything (: Then, I ask other nurses if they need help. Most of them don't take me up on my offer though. I just feel like such a bother to my preceptor though. I asked her about my eval this week, I didn't even work with her this week, and I went to the unit to give her the eval...but she was too busy to fill it out this week. So I spoke to my teacher about it, and she said that its ok to ask the last nurse that I worked with to do my eval. I then emailed my preceptor about it and said that I'm just gonna ask so and so to do my eval since I worked with her this week (midterm week). She hasn't responded, and I probably should've left it alone until I see her next time, whenever I see her. That's also the thing that's different between me and them, I like to sometimes repeat myself to emphasize a point or restate what they say to me to make sure I got it right, but in their minds...it sounds like i'm not listening or paying attention or i'm just bugging them. My preceptor is the kinda teacher where if she tells or shows you once, she expects you to get it right after that. Which is understandable, but i'm the kinda student that needs to review, study, and do a skill over and over again before I master the skill! I just have different ways of learning, and I'm ok with that. It just clashes with some instructors. Which can be uncomfortable...unfortunately! It's been so inconsistent, because she has different jobs on the unit, so I can't be with her all the time now. So, i'm just winging it and showing up, and hoping and praying to work with a nurse that will be willing to work me. It's really sad. I just feel awful because I thought i'd love my practicum experience and I was sooooo excited before clinicals began! All my classmates I feel love their practicum sites and have such great working relationships with their preceptors. And i'm just left out of the loop, desperately trying to work with someone who is at least somewhat willing to work with me for at least just one day....
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    I had a section about learning styles during my orientation this week. It covered your learning style as well multitude of styles. The take home message is to know how to communicate your learning style, and respecting everyone's learning style. Another message was if you want a good learning experience, it is best to communicate you learning style, get familiar with your preceptor's learning style, and make a plan. No learning experience is a one size fits all, and these are parts of everyone's personality...you will find the same types of personalities on every unit, and every job.

    Take your experience in stride. Make sure you communicate your learning style, which is logical, and maybe visual, and a little hands on because you like to stay busy, you ask people to repeat the process and like to know the step by step process. I suggest from this point on, communicate that you have a go go go attitude; you may ask to repeat steps in order to learn, etc. Make your self clear...that's how you can advocate for yourself, and make the best of your learning experiences, and your career, because there are going to be plenty in your career...still learning something new everyday as I go up the ladder, and I've been in healthcare for about 13 years, and plan to be for MANY years, and plan for many experiences.
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  5. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    I precept people in the OR and it is an exhausting job.  Cut your preceptors some slack.  You said at originally that you forgot some of your basic nursing skills but then in your next post your turn around and make an ugly comment about your preceptor not knowing what to do when a patient was SOB.  What's the difference?  Go in there with a positive attitude and don't act like everyone is out to get you.
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  6. Visit  mistymae22 profile page
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    Well the difference is is that they are experienced nurses and I am not. If I don't know something, some give me a hard time about it, but they don't know other things either. And I wasn't attacking my preceptor, she did know what to do, but other nurses were running around the unit panicking. I just think many of the nurses in my unit are not use to really sick patients. They freak out about any sick patient. I don't think everyone is out to attack me, it would just be nice if they worked with me. If you remember what it's like to be a student, think about going to clinical where no one really wanted to work with you or teach you. Not fun! And the skills I forgot to do aren't basic skills you see on every unit, they are skills that specifically obtain to OB, in which I haven't taken OB clinicals in a year.
  7. Visit  Skips profile page
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    I hate to say this, but it sounds like your attitude needs some work. Good luck with everything. (:
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  8. Visit  brithoover profile page
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    Just remember this experience when you are a nurse with a student a few years down the road and do your best to teach them as you would like to be treated now (:
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  9. Visit  mistymae22 profile page
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    Brithoover: I will definitely remember to try to stay humble and patient always when I become experienced nurse! Because even the experienced nurse doesn't know everything.
  10. Visit  brithoover profile page
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    The same things happened to me when I was a student. It felt like no nurses had time for me and wouldn't teach anything. So I swore I would be great with the students I had. Now that I'm a nurse I'm struggling being a great teacher because of how overloaded I am with the high acuity of patients. I'm really struggling with that
  11. Visit  mistymae22 profile page
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    I understand that. On the more intense floors it gets pretty crazy, the workload. And that can explain why some nurses (not all) get easily irritated with students. My mom is a nurse and she also gets pretty impatient with students. But it's best to know what your student can do, if he/she can do vitals or check blood sugars, let them do that maybe. And the skills they don't know how to do, show em a few times and then maybe let them try at least once when the case isn't as critical. My nurse preceptor is pretty good at that. With my first preceptor, I noticed the cases and workload wasn't as intense and she just wanted to get things done to be done with it. Some nurses are just like that, where they won't let the student do the skills bc it will take longer.
  12. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    Quote from mistymae22
    Well the difference is is that they are experienced nurses and I am not. If I don't know something, some give me a hard time about it, but they don't know other things either. And I wasn't attacking my preceptor, she did know what to do, but other nurses were running around the unit panicking. I just think many of the nurses in my unit are not use to really sick patients. They freak out about any sick patient. I don't think everyone is out to attack me, it would just be nice if they worked with me. If you remember what it's like to be a student, think about going to clinical where no one really wanted to work with you or teach you. Not fun! And the skills I forgot to do aren't basic skills you see on every unit, they are skills that specifically obtain to OB, in which I haven't taken OB clinicals in a year.
    I never said that you attacked your preceptor. And not all preceptors don't like working with students. I enjoy having students, it can just be exhausting. And I know what it is like to be a student because I am a nursing student now. Cut the nurses some slack. Maybe they see a student with a chip on their shoulder. Just go in with a positive attitude. That could make a world of difference.
  13. Visit  mistymae22 profile page
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    Well I don't know how much more positive I can get. Like I've said before, I go there and I always offer help to them and I always smile at them. Btw, even when someone doesn't constantly smile at you like a robot, it doesn't mean they are negative. I even smile and make nice with the nurse who bad mouthed me to the manager. Even my teacher said that I handled the situation well!

    But I get what you guys mean about having a more positive attitude. I didn't mean to sound like I was ridiculing them, I was just expressing what I saw and my experiences. I don't feel this way about all of them. Some of them are sweet and great, however, I do see a few that sit around and gossip and just talk on the phone to their friends. Now, I was always taught throughout nursing school to never do those things...and when I see nurses do those things, I can be a bit judgmental and I'm guilty for that...but, my nursing instructors really drilled it into my brain to never just sit around the unit and gossip or talk about what's going on with me personally. I guess I can be less judgmental....but I really am not there to talk about peoples' personal lives, I'm there to mainly learn!
    Last edit by mistymae22 on Feb 10, '13
  14. Visit  bTRUE profile page
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    In response to your miserable practicum experience: I think your forgetting the point of practicum ... Your calling yourself a dumdum and assuming the nurses think your incompetent , additionally your very sensitive to what other women say about you, and additionally your drawing negative attention to yourself. Remember this: your there to learn, grow and transition into the nursing profession. Maybe instead of seeing this as a miserable experience (which trust me I had many of those days in preceptorship) maybe you should see this as a reality check that your going through a very stressful transition into the work force and learn how to deal with different personalities. Bc when you do land your first nursing job , one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was be on good terms with everyone you work with.

    You WILL get through this! Your there to learn , not help ... Remember that!! Don't focus too much on what other ppl think of you.
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