I feel very overwhelmed about my clinicals. - page 2

Today I had my clinicals and we had to do flu shots. I am the only one in my group that hasn't had any experience. I am also the youngest one. The first day in clinicals we had to do vitals and everyone in my class knew how to do... Read More

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    First ....you need to take responsibility for your own education.
    My professor told us to read over the weekend about it but I forgot
    Showing up for clinical unprepared is not acceptable. Taking initiative for yourself is a part of the process. Nursing school does not spoon feed their students. I know that sounds harsh....but it is the truth. Nursing is a profession that is all about responsibility, preparation and truthfulness. If you want to be successful you need to take the responsibility serious and act accordingly......do your assignments and prepare for class. No one but you can do this. Dealing with humanity can be harsh....you need to develop a thicker skin and a deeper resolve/commitment to school. You can do better.

    That begin said....your CI should be acting in a professional manner. Yelling is not professional demeanor from your professor. You say you haven't had any lab component before clinical? That you haven't had any lab instruction to ensure competency before performing at a clinical site is concerning and that your CI has "no time" for demonstration.....it not being a good CI/teacher.

    Is your school accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.....the accrediting boards for nursing schools? For that guarantees that your school is following an approved curriculum that will ensure your competency and ability to sit for boards.

    Look at You tube for there are plenty of videos that you can look at to adjunct your studies.

    I wish you the best.
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    I actually learned that my dean went to some other state to do this... so no they arent...
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    Your school isn't accredited? Yikes.
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    UNSAFE!!! UNSAFE!!! The CI is is UNSAFE!! She is teaching you to be UNSAFE!! What if that pt. had fallen and had a bleed and died and the family sued?? Then you, along with the CI, would've gotten into huge trouble and she would throw you under the bus in heartbeat if she is yelling and screaming at people.

    If it's not accredited, I would get out NOW!!!
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    Quote from nursekis
    I actually learned that my dean went to some other state to do this... so no they arent...
    Well... NLNAC or CCNE..are national governing/certifying bodies. Not accredited this can actually cause you a problem down the road.....will the state allow you all to sit for boards upon graduation? You mentioned that you are giving shots now but aren't studying it for a few weeks......that can cause a problem with the states that have concurrent requirements in the schools curriculum. It may also explain why it has been difficult for you.

    States that have explicit education requirements of concurrent theory and practicum many nurses find out too late that the have have licensure issues.

    excelsior college new york nursing graduates have had same issue recently. see state board licensure requirements here

    these are states having concerns over concurrent theory and practicum, so i would look at other 37 states to obtain license:


    North Dakota
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    i paid so much money, i don't know where to go
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    If you find your school is not accredited (look on the accreditation websites, don't ask the school), it may be your best option to swallow the money and move on. That is better in the long run because if you can't obtain a license, you can't get a job. If they're up for accreditation soon, it may be worth it wait it out. If they don't receive accreditation, get the hell out.

    Also for transfers, ask a CNA or nurse how that particular resident or patient needs to be transferred (1 or 2 person assist, lift) and ALWAYS use a gait belt for non-lift assisted transfers.
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    Yikes! I will say first that being prepared is key. I also think this is so unsafe...not only did we have to practice injections on pads, but we had to give each other(students) injections before we were allowed to give flu shots. As for moving patients we check the patients chart to see how much assistance they need and we add 1 (since it's 1st semester). So if it's 1 assist we get another student or CNA to help us. Find out if your school has open lab or if there are any 2nd year students willing to help you. I agree with the other posts...if your school isn't accredited I would try to get out...even if they are up for accreditation soon it doesn't seem like you are getting the education you need.
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    That doesn't sound right to me. I agree with the people who are talking about accreditation. What they're teaching you seems incredibly unsafe. The school I go to teaches you everything before you do it on an actual person (as you progress of course). And you have to take a basic skills class before you get in. And for two of the biggest skills we're learning, we have to get instructor check offs. Instructors are suppose to be helpful, not yell at you. If you can't seem to get out of the school you're in, then maybe try going to the dean or head of the school to talk to them about what's happening with you. It seems incredibly unsafe to have students administer injections without practicing it first. The people who are telling you to deal with it may be misguided as well. Yes nursing school is hard, but you should be getting for what you paid for. You should have been taught those things before doing them, not just thrown into it. Especially with patient safety. I wish you luck, and try to get out and find a different school. Also, look at costs. I'm not sure where you are located, but sometimes community colleges are cheaper. And cheaper doesn't necessarily mean less education. I'm going to a community college now, and it's a lot cheaper than some other schools in the area. People I've talked to said they have wasted up to $30,000 in nursing school costs for nothing.
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    I will see what I can do. I will try to talk to my dean first to see if theres anything that can be done ... :/

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