How early do you need to come to the clinicals? - page 3

For those who have started clinicals already, how early do you have to come to the site? Say your clinical starts at 7, do you need just to come a couple of minutes early? or do you need to come,... Read More

  1. by   Aradien
    :yeahthat:
  2. by   ladyinred667
    We have to report at 7:30am for pre-conference. There wouldn't be any point in getting there earlier than that, and the teacher doesn't make a big deal about being 2-3 minutes late. There is one girl who keeps showing up 20 minutes late though, and she was spoken to yesterday. Lateness like that annoys the crap out of me. If she was my coworker, I'd be pissed.
  3. by   smk1
    we have to get all our info the night before on our patient. If there are changes we just roll with them.
  4. by   NurseLatteDNP
    On our clinical days, we have to be in pre conference at 0630. But on the days that we are a "team leader" and have to make assignments for the clinical group, we have to be there at 0500.
  5. by   Mesomorph
    I'm always there 30-45 minutes before we all formally meet, which is 7:15-7:30AM for me.

    You'll want to do things such as look up the most recent patient information and meet your patient before meeting at class. At least, that's what we do.
  6. by   OnTheRoad
    Quote from mmr2
    For those who have started clinicals already, how early do you have to come to the site? Say your clinical starts at 7, do you need just to come a couple of minutes early? or do you need to come, like one hour early to set up?

    Is it OK to be late sometime? From my experience of taking pre-reqs at a local community college, there are always students who are late, and there seems to be no problem at all. Not sure about the actual nursing school.

    I'm asking since I'm starting nursing school next fall. Already got accepted ! It's an evening program, clinical starts 4pm. I'm wondering whether it is OK to leave work at 3:30.
    Per my class schedule, clinical starts at 7:30 AM. We are required to be there by 7:25 AM to get assignment of client and go over the days routine. If we are not there at 7:25 we recieve a VNS (violation of nursing standards). After 2 VNS's (we also get them if we miss two classes or are consistently late for lecture, or do something very wrong etc) we have to meet with the department head, our instructors, etc and it can be grounds for dismissal.
    I am in the parking lot (I don't have to walk far or take elevators etc to get to where I need to be from there) between 7 and 7:15 am:wink2:
  7. by   Holly27
    Quote from MySimplePlan
    Hi Holly,

    Your clinical bag sounds very efficient and I am taking note. Big question, though: where in the world do you store it as you're working?? How much of these things do you keep in your pockets? (Those 'pocket' sized books are still pretty big for my lab coat pocket.)
    Thanks! I try. LOL I do have pockets on my shirt and jacket,which you can't live w/o pockets in hospital. So here is my run down.....
    Pockets
    pen paper expo marker highlighter scissors pen light little wipes for ports stethoscope around neck with tape hanging on it.

    I have a bag I carry with me to clinicals. we had to keep our stuff either in waiting room or nurses lounge. Thats why I say don't bring anything of value with you that you can't replace or would make you sick to pay out for a new one. I never had anything taken but I did lose my NEW 20.00 assessment book. I was mad." You are right about the size. I kept it in my clipboard or bag.b/c it was too heavy for my jacket and thats why I lost it! from taking it out and laying it down no telling where!

    Just a note I STILL carry my stuff this way! Im a "For Real" Nurse now and have all that stuff in my pockets. HINT: If you are right handed keep pen/paper in right pocket. BTW I work on the floor I lost my book on. LOL
  8. by   NaomieRN
    It would not hurt if you get there 15-30 minutes early. I am always 20 minutes, so that I can have my coffee before I get going.
  9. by   dani_girl
    IDEA: Put a shoe box in the trunk of your car with a can of Lysol in it. When you get to the car you can spray your shoes and stick them in the box. You don't want to even think about what you are dragging into your car, home, or bag (if you put them inthere)!!! I do that so they stay white, and I don't wear them anywhere else!
    I always go at least 20 min. early.. so I can check to see if there are any changes with my pt. (med changes, discharges, ect) so that way I am ready for preconfrence.. Plus it is better to be early and recognized for that then to be the "late one".. instructors never forget those guys!
  10. by   Daytonite
    Quote from mmr2
    For those who have started clinicals already, how early do you have to come to the site? Say your clinical starts at 7, do you need just to come a couple of minutes early? or do you need to come, like one hour early to set up?

    Is it OK to be late sometime? From my experience of taking pre-reqs at a local community college, there are always students who are late, and there seems to be no problem at all. Not sure about the actual nursing school.

    I'm asking since I'm starting nursing school next fall. Already got accepted ! It's an evening program, clinical starts 4pm. I'm wondering whether it is OK to leave work at 3:30.
    I cannot say this enough. As a former manager let me warn you all that you should treat your time in nursing school like any other job. How early should you come to your clinical site? Get there on time, kids! Just like you are expected to be on time for any job. One of the things we asked the nursing schools when we were getting references on new grads looking for their first jobs was: What was their attendance record like? Were they tardy for class or clinicals? Did they meet deadlines for assignments? We didn't want an employee who had a record of showing up late for their assignments. That would be plain stupid on our part. You may be going into nursing for the humanitarian aspect of it, but healthcare is a business, folks, and you need to conduct yourselves like proper, responsible people or you are going to find yourself in trouble with school authorities and, subsequently, with employers.
  11. by   Lilac
    As a former business owner, I totally agree with Daytonite.Form your good habits NOW.

    Our school requires that we be on site at a certain time, no exceptions whatsoever. We can miss two clinical days in an entire semester, but we have to have a very good, documented reason.If we are late, it counts toward one of our absences.If we miss those two days, we get to do an assignment that involves about fifteen hours worth of work on top of our usual coursework,so most of us arrive on site a half hour early.If we miss more than two days, we are out of the program.

    I have an hour drive to get to my clinical. My clinical day starts at 4:30 am.
  12. by   tddowney
    The key is to be there on time. That means having a buffer for the things that go wrong with some regularity.......traffic, dog runs off, kids sick, etc.

    I usually get there 20-30 minutes early. We get our Pt assignments the previous day, but I can do a quick look to see what changed overnight. And I still have time for a cup of coffee and not feel rushed.

    If you develop a reputation of being on time or early, when something really does go wrong, people are more understanding.

    There was a multi-fatality MVA here a few weeks ago that closed a major highway for 10 hours overnight. Delays were three to four hours. It's unreasonable to plan for such things, as one can't spend every pre-clinical night at the hospital.
  13. by   michar
    Our clinical starts at 6 am, at that time of day it's a 5 minute drive for me and I leave the house the second DH gets home to be with the kids (he leaves the car running for me) which is sometime between 5:30 and 6 am.

    I am kind of floored by 'is it ok to be late?' No, it's not. For anything (my own rules for me)

    The best you can do if you do everything else perfectly at clinicals is a B+ if you are late, even 30 seconds.

    I like being somewhere a little early so I have time to sit and relax and collect my thoughts.

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