Quote from catlover13
I don't know how your class schedule is structured, but it sounds like you've missed out on an important piece that you need for this clinical.
Talk to your clinical instructor, preferably outside of clinical times. Explain your problem, and also that you are seeking a solution for this problem.
At one of our clinical sites, we could go on floor, but not interact with any patients before or after our clinical times. Perhaps you could go early to clinical, many instructors are there preparing for the clinical. If you could access your patients for the shift, you would be able to look up your meds ahead of time. That way you'd be prepared to pass your meds.
I used a palm t/x with epocrates software to look up all my meds. I found it more up to date, and faster than thumbing through med books. At the beginning of each clinical, I'd look up and write down the pertinent information on all the drugs that I would be passing. That's just what worked for me.
Hope this helps,
I wouldn't say she's missing out on something. I'm passing meds and I'm currently in Pharm. At this point in the semester, there are quite a few meds that I've given that I haven't studied yet; but I have, of course, looked them all up. This is a great opportunity to use both clinical thinking skills AND critical thinking skills, and, as always, your instructor is a fantastic resource.
As for a solution, you can go to a Barnes and Noble, grab a coffee, and read over a reliable resource. I would recommend PHARMACOLOGY MADE INCREDIBLY EASY.
I totally agree with the Palm or a PocketPC. We had to buy one for my program and I'm now addicted to it. If you don't have that, I would suggest taking little notecards or a pocket notebook on the floor with you, and using the drug guide on the floor or that you bring with you to write down the drug, dose, schedule, and the why of why it's being given. Devote a page or a card to each drug, and collect them over time. Eventually, you'll have yourself a little drug guide of your own. If I didn't have a PDA, that is what I would do, because when I look up stuff I remember it better if I do it myself.
So to the OP - don't worry - you'll be fine, what you don't understand ASK about first, and think of how prepared you'll be once Pharm starts for you.