How are you treated at clinicals?

  1. how are you treated at clinicals? do you feel you are treated fairly? do the experinced nurses yell at you when you make a mistake? what has been your best and worse clinical experince?
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  3. by   Ortho_RN
    Well I just finished my first semester, so I only have one semester of clinical experiance, but all the nurses were great... The RN's were very excited to have students.. I think due to the fact that is leasened their load of patients..

    I have heard that the instructor I have for my 2nd semester isn't very nice.. I was told she will yell at her students in front of the other nurses... OH BOY, Can't wait
  4. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Not there yet, but I am cringing

    It is also apparent that I will be wearing the "zippered smock of shame" for being a male nursing student and that will be really comfy too

    OK,
    everybody...................................do tell:imbar
  5. by   colleen10
    "zippered smock of shame"
    :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll
  6. by   moni rn
    like nurs2b, i have only had 1 semester of clinicals. i had a pretty good experience. the rns liked us around most of the time. we lightened their load a little by taking vital signs & answering the call bell.

    for half of this next semester, my boss's boss will also be my instructor, so my place of employment will also be my clinical site. it is going to be very interesting semester.

    for the other half, i don't know anything about my clinical, yet. there are 3 possibilities of sites, & there is one that a student you do not want to get. i have been calling every week to check the status of the clinical registration, but the instructor is never in her office. ugh!

    good luck!
  7. by   uk_nurse
    as i have nearly finished the course, in general i have been treated quite well. I have had one placement where the 'sister' doesn't like students but they forget they were students themselves!!! I havent been shouted at or made to look stupid! so i must be lucky
  8. by   RNIAM
    Peeps Mcarthur



    Sorry you have to wear that. Just think its only for half of forever nad everyone you know will see you...um...wearing....um ,well good luck anyways
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Sorry you have to wear that. Just think its only for half of forever nad everyone you know will see you...um...wearing....um
    Gee, thanks

    There is an advantage to it though..............If I change my major to dentistry I won't have to buy another shirt!

    and later in life if I decide I want to try on the gay lifestyle for awhile........well.........I don't think I need to insult gay men's stereotypical apparel any further.
  10. by   NurseDixie
    We are treated nicely by the nurses on our floor during clinicals. Most are very helpful and will answer any questions we have. We also help lighten their work load, the PCT's are appreciative with our help also.
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Just wanted to pop in and say I'm glad to see you've all been having good experiences!

    I would personally like to apologize for any nurse that treats you any other way.

    And if it's bad, PLEASE PLEASE come work with me! I love students! I just talk, talk, talk, teach, teach, teach!

    Heather
  12. by   NurseDixie
    My worst clinical experience so far....I was passing meds, one pt had a lomotil ordered, I dropped it as I opened the packet, had to go to the instructor and get another one. Then when I was handing the med cup to the pt, the pt dropped it, and I had to go to the instructor again. I was so embarrassed. When I finally got it to the pt, she said that 2 worked better for her and I went to the instructor for another one (without checking the order ). I gave it and then glanced at the order. Well, the order stated that 2 could be given at the first loose stool, then 1 after that. I had to tell the instructor, fill out an incident report, go report my med error to the charge nurse. Thank God it was only Lomotil and not something that could've hurt the pt. I now read the orders over 3 times before giving any meds.
  13. by   GPatty
    My goodness!
    I've been snubbed as "the student" at some clinicals, but most have been fun learning experiences for me!
    The worst though is being dubbed "the student" as though I have no name (even after they ask my name and know it for all other purposes)....
  14. by   OHmom2boys
    My very worst clinical day was the first day I was not with an instuctor to pass meds. I wasn't told in report that my pt was NPO and I didn't notice the big, huge, monster sized sign above his bed in big, bold, black letters that said "NPO"!!!! (HOW did I miss that?) Yep, I gave him his morning meds. I didn't get yelled at thank God, (our instructors are wonderful and understand what it's like to be a nervous student) but I did feel like an incompetent fool. I came home crying that I was probably going to kill someone someday if I couldn't even read an NPO sign. What the heck was I doing in the nursing field??
    Now I look, and look hard to make sure there is nothing going on with my pt that I don't know about. I learned a big lesson that day. You don't blindly trust report. There may have been changes in that short amt of time, or the nurse reporting off may have accidently missed something very important.....and it's YOUR fault for not looking to see if there's more! Needless to say, I look above the bed for those NPO signs! LOL!

    The nurses at our facility have been wonderful to me. Very helpful and full of information. I've learned a lot from them.

    4 days left!!!!! Yippee!! Can't wait. Now, to tackle that NCLEX!

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