I just had 3 days of clinicals, I'm in my last semester, and it's really ALL coming together now. I kind of feel like I had a breakthrough with my feelings of abject inadequacy (I know those will come back when I'm a real nurse with a real license, but I am feeling empowered right now!)
I was able to help teach one of my patients about her new diagnosis, explain to her the procedures they will be doing and when one of the test came back unfavorably, was able to explain the surgery she'll have. It was amazing that all this info I learned about her particular system back in the beginning stuck with me.
I was able to figure out my other patient's blood gases and how it related to what he was experiencing, holy cow was that kind of cool! All those tables and youtube videos that made no sense, made absolute sense seeing it in action in a real patient
I was able to answer my co-sign nurses questions about the patients without hesitation.
I was able to teach my patients about their meds, how they are affecting the body, why they're taking them and some common side effects without
looking at my med sheet
I know I'm going to have highs and lows when I'm out there untethered, but these past 3 days really brought me full circle in knowing that I have the info, now I just need to apply it
Anyone else have some "AHA! I'm gonna be a nurse" moments?