Last day of clinicals

  1. What a way to end the semester. Patient (not mine) coded while I was in the room with my classmate (whose patient it was), and watching staff swarm all over like bees and do their jobs was just an amazing experience. I cried, shook, laughed and am still on an adrenaline high from the whole thing. My instructor hopped up on the bed and did CPR and I just stood there in a corner and watched, hoping like heck that noone would notice me standing there and tell me to leave the room...it was incredible. Totally reaffirmed my decision to be a part of this profession.

    Yes, the woman was brought back, and last I heard was in ICU complaining about the intubation tube.

    God I love this.

    Sorry for what could be construed as a pointless post...I just wanted to share.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Wow, that's far from pointless . . . it's positively awesome! What a way to end the semester!
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    i remember that experience too. and i did the same thing you did.....stand in a corner and hope no one told me to get out. :chuckle

    wtg, marie
  5. by   Jennerizer
    One of our clinical groups had a gentleman code on their last day. He ended up not making it. They tried for 45 minutes to bring him back & even allowed a few of the students to do cpr & also take him to the morgue. They were definitely on an emotional rollercoaster that day.

    What I find interesting is how the hospital announces a code blue. It sounds like an announcement you'd hear at an airport...so calm & nonchalant.
  6. by   AppyHorseFan
    Our last day of clinicals...we walk onto the floor, in the process of picking our patients. I think to myself, "I'll take patient in room 123", split second after this thought a woman comes out of a room and says "He's not breathing." Mind you, this is just as report is beginning for the employees. Everyone begins to run down the hall. "Code Blue Room 123" is announced. I immediately change my mind on picking this patient. No students were allowed, I did go down there, but there was no room for standing. He ended up not making it and I ended clinicals with two very sweet and wonderful ladies as patients.

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