OK, in lab and courses we are taught over and over again that procedures MUST be done a particular way. When we get to clinicals, practice is not done that way at all because of speed, lack of knowledge, lazyness whatever. Already, after just a couple weeks in clinical I see myself picking up really bad habits because that's the environment I'm working in. My clinical instructor says "Make a mental note of it and know you wouldn't be doing that in your practice." We'll, isn't clinical supposed to be the place to learn what I'm supposed to be doing? How, after 4 rotations of doing it the "wrong" way am I supposed to recall what is the proper way?
How do you deal with this? If you are following your nurse preceptor and see them do things that just aren't the way you'd do them do you question it or not? When you see meds given at meals that are supposed to be given 1 hr before or 2 hrs after meals do you question it? I know there is a vast difference between what we're taught and what actually goes on in practice but how do you determine what's crucial and what's not?