Just a few thoughts about clinical.

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    Second semester of my ADN program.

    Title says it all. Though I would post a happy post (:

    I love clinical even though we have to do those 2 careplans the night before because I've noticed how it took me 13 hours for one cp and now it takes me 6-7 for TWO.

    I love clinical even when I completely say or do something that isn't right because I learn.

    Even when I get a nurse who flat out tells me to get out of her way and she repeats the whole time "I'm not a teacher... I just do and go", and how wrong she was because I still learned from this clinically experienced LVN.

    I LOVE when what I learned in theory makes more sense in clinical.

    I really enjoy when I get a challenging patient, it gives me the privilege of understanding humans at low times of our lives better.

    I really love how I have been blessed with somehow ending up in the ICU d/t being in dialysis or respiratory. Something about the ICU so far has caught my eye. From the outside it seems so slow, but there's so much going on. Its human nature in the raw at the lowest and at the highest, a culmination of knowledge and skills.

    I love getting those chances to educate my patients... I've figured out they actually (when they are ready) do enjoy information and its an honour another human trusts me with their life.

    but I won't lie... I am scared at times. I realise I haven't even touched an atom of the mountain odd nursing knowledge.

    so I can only rely on 3 things to help this guy out (me).

    God. Coworkers/mentors/teachers.

    and an Open Mind.


    goodnight AN, I have a major neuro/htn/pvd/eye/skin test tomorrow in medsurg.
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    Thank you for spreading the good vibes and positivity. This thread is refreshing, especially in the midst of all of the posts that serve to vent and complain.
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    Quote from StudentOfHealing
    Second semester of my ADN program.

    I really love how I have been blessed with somehow ending up in the ICU d/t being in dialysis or respiratory. Something about the ICU so far has caught my eye. From the outside it seems so slow, but there's so much going on. Its human nature in the raw at the lowest and at the highest, a culmination of knowledge and skills.
    Loved this comment. Looks like you've been paying close attention to the ICU culture. It may seem slower because there is less busy-work and actions tend to be much more deliberate. A lot of our work is involves observing and analyzing - and this is not always apparent to outsiders.

    I am so glad you clinical experience is going so well!
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    I'm glad ur experience is going well... and I feel why ur scare, I'm scare too,But glad to be on the bandwagon
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    Quote from HouTx

    Loved this comment. Looks like you've been paying close attention to the ICU culture. It may seem slower because there is less busy-work and actions tend to be much more deliberate. A lot of our work is involves observing and analyzing - and this is not always apparent to outsiders.

    I am so glad you clinical experience is going so well!

    I've enjoyed the ICU!!! and as of right now I highly consider it in the future after I refine my assessment skills in MS, which are paramount in any unit but judging from what I saw those ICU nurses assessed... and assessed .... and assessed so it seems like assessment skills are imperative to the delicate balance of patients d/t the unstable nature of their pathophys.

    I enjoy understanding how the dysfunction of one body system ultimately entails the dysfunction of other systems. Everything is a delicate balance from what I have learned and I also enjoy learning how these complications manifest. I can't wait for my ICU clinical, I do want to see and assess these things with my own eyes, hands, nose, and ears. I do enjoy the base the textbook offers though.

    can't wait!
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    I am not there yet! But as a hopeful future nursing student this post just made me smile. I am looking forward so much to start nursing school and getting to go to clinicals.

    Thanks!
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    Amen, brother! When I first started, I thought I was going to be scared of everything. But I find myself insanely excited each and every time I slip into my scrubs. And yesterday was the culmination of it all... My pt's brother came up to me before leaving, actually sought ME out specifically, just to ask me about his brother's condition and care! Apparently I left a great impression on him. The look in his eyes that looked at me like I was really the nurse...
    I have had tons of great experiences, but that one will keep me going for quite awhile. Hell, I'm even fighting back happy tears right now! And I'm a big guy covered in tattoos! Lol
    For me, those little experiences are what makes the hardness of nursing school worth it.


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