I Hate Med/surg 1

  1. I just had my second clinical and I HATE med/surg!!! I was Team leader last week and I was in ENDO this week, next week I will be team leader again.

    I LOVE the lectures but can't stand the clinicals. I gave a pt. an enema today and she couldn't hold it. No biggy. But that is the ONLY thing I did!!


    I saw 3 colonoscopies, 2 ESD's and one emergency bronchoscopy. Time went so slowly!!


    PLEASE tell me that M/S 2 and 3 isn't like this!!

    6 weeks to go. Our first test is Tuesday. What am I going to do?


    Thanks!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Anniekins
    If I have down time during clinical, I either just talk to my patient, ask the nurses if they need any help, and read the patients chart from front to back. I even look up things that are new to me! It helps the time go, and in a productive way.

    I am in critical care nursing right now, and that is what I do in my down time here too. Because we are students, we are limited in what we can actually DO, especially in the critical care setting, but you just have to kind of take the initiative to keep yourself busy.
  4. by   Iluvhospice
    Hi Karen ~

    Cheer up. One bad patient can't ruin a whole career. If that were the case, there would be no nurses. Think of it this way... there are so many choices in this field, that once you graduate, you'll never have to do med/surg again...unless you want to. Personally - I'm on a med/surg floor right now for my first semester clinicals - and I love it. It sounds nothing like what you've experienced. So, chin up, my friend. You WILL get through this!
  5. by   Carolanne
    Some clinicals are just more enjoyable than others. Some nights are action packed and some just drip by. The more things you learn and the more you are exposed to, the more you will be able to do. Kind of like building blocks, it takes time to stack them up. You will have plenty to do later on in your clinicals, enjoy the quiet time now!
  6. by   kwagner_51
    I was on the same floor for Fundamentals. Our census is LOW. We had 6 pts. on the floor yesterday. I guess it boils down to very little to do. I like being hands on and just standing around doing nothing drives me up the wall!!

    I had slow days on OB too and I studied my NCLEX book. Because this is new, I don't know if we are allowed to do that. I was on ENDO yesterday and as I told my dh, once you have seen one colonoscopy, you've seen them all. Out of the 5 I saw yesterday 3 were abnormal.

    I realize [I think] that M/S 2 & 3 will be more intensive. I just need to get through this 8 week clinical and I will be ok. [I hope].

    I have 5 weeks left in this rotation. I am team leading again next week, then I get to go to the OR. I can't wait for that one. I loved the C-section I witnessed. The next week I have my major care plan. On the 24th I have Joint replacement Post Op. and the last clinical I have Patient care.

    I just needed to vent and I appreciate you letting me. I will come here for support as I drag my way through the next 5 weeks!

    Thanks everybody!
    Last edit by kwagner_51 on Mar 25, '04
  7. by   athomas91
    i absolutely abhorred every part of nursing clinicals except ER, and L&D

    i got out of them as much as possible and my friends kept me from quitting every day..i was bored out of my mind...but...i wasn't cut out for those types of nursing..and i knew it...you will find your nitch...just have to get there.!! good luck
  8. by   kwagner_51
    athomas91

    THANK YOU!!! Now I know I'm normal. I was thinking there was something wrong with me. After all, it is nursing and I am trying to become a nurse!!! So I should like all things nursing...right?

    Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    This may sound dumb, but what is your duty as "team leader"? I've heard the term, but I'm not sure what it entails.

    I've had a few friends tell my that the clinical rotation you think you'll hate the most is usually the one you end up liking. I know I'm not looking forward to Psych. I enjoyed the course, but don't think I'll like that or Geriatrics. My MIL swore she would hate her Geriatrics rotation, and then loved it so much she went to work in a retirement community that had it's own small hospital-like setting. Now she also does home-care for the elderly as a side-job.
  10. by   Anniekins
    I thought I would hate my psych rotation, but believe it or not, I really loved it! I just thought it was so interesting!!!! We didn't even pass meds or anything, but I just found it very interesting talking to patients, attending group, and I got to observe ECT which was very neat as well!!!!!

    I do not see myself working in psych. as an RN, but I did find the clinical to be very interesting. Just go in w/ an open mind :-)
  11. by   kwagner_51
    A team leader, at least at my hospital, is responsible for getting report from the nurses in charge of my pts. Then I tell the 2 SN's I am leading what their pat has, v/s etc. Then I make sure they chart on the pc. I have NO pts. no interventions, no nothing to do. Oh yah. The clinical lasts from 8-2.

    I have paperwork to do the night before clinical but nothing after giving my students report.
  12. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from kwagner_51
    A team leader, at least at my hospital, is responsible for getting report from the nurses in charge of my pts. Then I tell the 2 SN's I am leading what their pat has, v/s etc. Then I make sure they chart on the pc. I have NO pts. no interventions, no nothing to do. Oh yah. The clinical lasts from 8-2.

    I have paperwork to do the night before clinical but nothing after giving my students report.
    Wow! I wish we had that!
  13. by   meesa214
    That sounds more like the instructors job, not a position you would put a student who is trying to actually LEARN!
  14. by   kwagner_51
    Well, I guess they figure we are going to give report to other nurses on the floor and we will receive report so I guess thay are teaching us.

    Census has been down so badly that we have had to double up. 2 SN's to 1 pt. One of our other requirements is we have to evaluate the SN's under us. Did they do ADL's. Did they give a bath? Did they use theripuetic communication? Did they chart accurately? Etc. It really stinks!

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