Labs and clinicals
- 0I am so excited and nervous about starting nursing school. I just can't wait to see what goes on in lab and at clinicals.
What kinds of things do you do in labs? What about clinicals? How many patients do you have?
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- 0Aug 2, '13 by jamisaurusLab is not that exciting. It's where they introduce you to skills, but where you really get to perform them is CLINICAL!! Woohoo!!! Clinical is where it's at.
I've only ever had one patient in clinical but I'm about to start med surg and I'm sure that will change. Eek. Good luck!!!
- 1Aug 2, '13 by GrnTeaNursing learning lab is where you are taught and practice hands-on things, often called skills but really tasks, that people always fixate on-- taking vital signs accurately, IV starts and regulation, use of various tubes, dressing changes and other treatments, use of various common pieces of equipment, physical assessment, moving people in bed and to chairs and such, bed baths, and the like. You will likely be tested in lab for proficiency before you can perform a given action on a real person.
Other classes you'll take will have labs to help you learn the material and see it in action-- chemistry, microbiology, physiology.
Clinicals will be in a patient care facility of some kind. You will probably start out with giving basic physical care to one simple patient at a time, and increase over your two or three years to a full RN patient load of complex patients with all medications, treatments, and such, or close to a full load, by the time you graduate.
- 0Aug 3, '13 by ambitiousBSNQuote from STLmomma27I hope our skills are done on each other- obviously depending on the specific skill. When I completed my Medical Assisting program, we practiced injections and blood draws on "fake arms," and then checked off on our skills on one another. *shrugs*Now, in lab, are you doing IV's on the simulation patients or on students?
My clinical starts sometime in October- first semester, and will be on Wednesday and Thursday morning. :-)
- 2Aug 3, '13 by goldpkWe have different labs, we have 'skills lab' and 'sim lab' in skills lab we usually practice skills on each other (or on a fake arm, mannequin... skills like BP, respirations, HR, IVs, giving meds, sterile dressing, Foleys) then in sim lab we go through different scenarios without any help from instructors, giving meds, changing dressings, etc. My favorite part is with the sim man (this really expensive mannequin that talks and breathes and can actually die) we are put in a situation where we have to use the crash cart and "call" a doctor to order meds, etc. That parts fun because we work together to try and figure it out then afterwards talk about what we did wrong/right.
Clinical is a completely different ball game... typically we get one patient. We go up to the hospital to get meds/labs on the patient then do a lot of paperwork before the actual clinical day. Then we either have two 6-hour days or one 12-hour day a week. We basically do everything the RN does (only with our instructor present) this includes giving meds, starting IVs, foley catheters, etc. We help out the CNAs with vitals, bed baths, etc. Basically anything you can find to do you do it. It's a lot of fun and my favorite part of nursing school altogether although the paperwork is stressful because we don't have a lot of time to finish it before the actual clinical day and there is a LOT of stuff to do, especially the meds. At the nursing home my patient would have 20+ meds I'd have to reserach and put on my med sheet (brand name, generic name, type of med, side effects, etc.) that takes awhile.
Labs and clinicals are the FUN part of nursing school... class on the other hand, that's where it can get tough and where a lot of students don't measure up. The trick is to balance the both. It can be done, you just have to want it! When you're in nursing school your life is nursing school. Good luck and congrats!