Having a difficult time with my Practicum Experience: - page 3

by mistymae22 4,493 Views | 29 Comments

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 that I would love it; however,... Read More


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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
    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.
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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
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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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    [It's also difficult when my preceptor looks at me like i'm a dummy for not knowing how to do something or not remembering material from a year ago. Before this clinical qtr., I haven't stepped foot in a hospital in about 6 months! So, I haven't had practice clinically wise.]


    You need to stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own learning instead of making excuses.You call the nurses clueless and stupid but then defend your own lack of knowledge. You are a student in a placement with licensed experienced nurses. You need to stop assuming you know it all.
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    I never said I know it all.

    And I do take responsibility for what I don't know. I always ask questions, and sometimes, nurses get annoyed with that. I observe them, and sometimes, they get annoyed with that too. I never said they are stupid. I just said that they don't seem to be used to emergency situations, since they don't see that many emergency situations on the unit. Most of their patients are fairly healthy and not coding in any second. I just get motivated and get frustrated when the nurses don't use me for help when the situation isn't an emergency or critical.
    Last edit by mistymae22 on Feb 10, '13
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    Unfortunately it sounds like your OB clinical won't be as good as your others were, but it will be over soon so all you can really do is press on and keep smiling and saying please and thank you, like you're doing now. I was on OB this week and wasn't able to do any skills and the day was super long because of it. I also like to stay busy, busy and tend to my patients, but it just wasn't in the cards this week with no one in labor and only 2 scheduled c-sections and my nurse for the day was new so she was still learning the protocols for their OR. And no matter how grumpy my nurse might be or how much I disagree with her way of nursing, I always say, "thank you so much for all your help today, I really appreciate it" with a big smile on my face before leaving that unit. It's a must do habit for me and 98% of the time I really do mean it. Hang in there.
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    Thanks bTrue and heartsgal: I'm luckily almost done. I thought for sure OB was gonna be my calling, but at least I know I don't wanna get into that when I graduate. For the most part, my preceptor is pretty patient with me but I don't think I'll be seeing too much of her anymore since she has another job on the unit, so she won't be assigned to patients. I'll have to just show up on the unit and hopefully find someone to work with. There's always at least one nurse on the unit who doesn't mind students. I'm gonna be working a lot this week and next so I could finish faster (:


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