I have to complain just for a minute

  1. This is my first week of med surg 2. Today was supposed to be our first clinical day. Our instructor emailed our clinical group this morning and said that she did not get the paperwork turned into the hospital in time for us to start clinical today. So we don't start until next week now. She assigned two research papers for us to do since we missed clinical today. I have now been working on the papers well over the amount of hours I would have been at clinical. I am just so irritated because it was HER fault that we were not able to go!

    Sorry, just had to vent to you guys. I know it does not help me any to complain about it.
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  3. by   MikeyJ
    A clinical instructor at our school did the same thing at the beginning of this semester! Instead of making students write papers, she all made them come in on a Saturday for an "in-service".
  4. by   Soup Turtle
    You have my sympathy. We don't get much clinical time to start out with and I would hate to lose a day over paperwork that wasn't turned in on time.
  5. by   APBT mom
    The first day that we had clinicals we had to go 2 hours later than we were supposed to which we weren't that upset about. It had something to do with a meeting at school. The next day our instructor tells us that we have to find an adult day care in our area and interview them like we are going to put a family member in and make a presentation about the place. I live in a large city and there are only 6 days cares in the entire county. After calling around going to find one because the list the instructor had was as old as dirt, going to the place twice because the person I was supposed to meet with left before my appointment, and making my presentation I spent 10 hours. I ended up doing two days worth of clinicals for a 2 hour gap. To top it off none of the other clinicals groups had to do it becuase they weren't required.
  6. by   EricJRN
    Wow - that's rough, Amy. I know that we're using email more and more these days, but it seems like a clinical cancellation on the day of the clinical would be a good time for a phone call. If I missed the email and went to the hospital only to come home to that research paper assignment, I'd come unglued.
  7. by   MB37
    That's miserable! Our current clinical instructor was imported last minute from out of state when our original one took sudden medical leave, and we were still at the hospital on the first day (without the new instructor, she had already planned a 2 week trip before she got hired). I'd be so PO'd!! Then you have to do extra work on top of it! The e-mail thing...one of our lecture instructors sent an e-mail a couple weeks ago saying she'd miss class on Thursday (normally at 8 am), and that Ms. XXX would be giving the lecture on Friday from 8-9:40. I checked my e-mail before I went to be at about midnight Wednesday, and there were no updates. Thursday morning she sent another e-mail saying oops, I meant Ms. XXX will be lecturing THIS morning at 8. I got up and read it at 9, and school is 45 minutes away. I e-mailed back, asking what I should do - since it was HER fault - and all I got was the rude, "well since you were absent you're responsible for getting notes from someone." Less than half the class was there.
  8. by   Tweety
    That does indeed suck. Good luck in clinicals.
  9. by   midcom
    Quote from amyg22
    This is my first week of med surg 2. Today was supposed to be our first clinical day. Our instructor emailed our clinical group this morning and said that she did not get the paperwork turned into the hospital in time for us to start clinical today. So we don't start until next week now. She assigned two research papers for us to do since we missed clinical today. I have now been working on the papers well over the amount of hours I would have been at clinical. I am just so irritated because it was HER fault that we were not able to go!

    Sorry, just had to vent to you guys. I know it does not help me any to complain about it.
    Do you have to make up those clinical hours? I ask because in my state, the BON requires a certain number of clinical contact hours per term. For instance, I believe we had 120 hours last term & they had to be at the hospital. One day the state inspectors were there so our instructor farmed us out to other floors to job shadow but that counted as part of our 120 hours. We did have to write a paper describing or experience. I was at the ER & got to see lots.
    Dixie

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