Making the most of Clinicals Part 2: You're on stage-Make a good first impression

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The goal of this article is to help the student to be aware of their surroundings, to know that they may be observed by others as they go through clinical rotations. This can be used to the student's advantage for future networking and teamwork building skills.

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    Making the most of Clinicals Part 2: You're on stage-Make a good first impression

    Have you ever been to Disneyland? I know.What does Disneyland have to do with clinicals? I enjoy going to Disneyland and have always been impressed with the excellent customer service that one will experience there. At Disneyland, all employees are “on stage” when they are out on the grounds, always performing, if you will, for the customers. It doesn’t matter if they work as a janitor, work at the snack bar, or as one of the characters. All employees that are in the public eye are “on stage”. How can you use this information to help you as a nursing student? By remembering that when you are in clinicals, you are on stage. This is your time to shine. This is your time to be a team player and work alongside the staff to help the patients, while you are learning and going through clinicals.

    When I was in my last quarter of nursing school, I was on a telemetry unit. I already knew the above information and used this to my advantage. I worked hard and helped the nurses and CNAs when possible. I tried to go the extra mile and show that I wanted to be the best nurse I could be and that I was teachable. I was fortunate to be hired on as a new grad nurse on this telemetry unit. I like to think that what I did in my last quarter of nursing school helped me to get this new grad job. Of course there is balance with this. You don’t want to look like a kiss up or overly anxious. Then you will just look creepy or like a goody two shoes. (I'm joking.)

    All kidding aside, you want the staff to know that you are dependable. Do your best and be a team player. All staff on the floor are important and have the same goal of caring for the patient: nurses, RT, PT/OT, dietary, cleaning staff, etc. During my clinical rotations, I would appreciate what they did for the patients and tried to show my appreciation. For instance if I could help get something for the nurses or CNAs, I would. Occasionally, I would thank the cleaning crew for their services and compliment them. It is much nicer working in a clean environment. If you do these types of things for the staff, when possible, they might remember you too and if you need a favor they may be more willing to help you. This is a good habit to have wherever you work, having the “I got your back” attitude.

    In conclusion, I want to remind you that when you are going through your clinical rotations, you are being watched: by staff, by patients, by your instructor. Perform with this in mind. Make a good first impression. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Remember, you are on stage. Shine on.

    Making the most of Clinicals Part 1: Turn negative experiences into positive learning
    Making the most of Clinicals Part 3: Building a good rapport with patients
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 30, '13
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    OR circulator in an ambulatory surgery center. Previously worked as an RN for 3 1/2 years on a telemetry unit. I enjoy mentoring nursing students and new grad RNs. Prior to nursing, experienced as a certified opthalmic assistant and LASIK technician/assistant for 13 years.

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    Very true! I'm a CNA and students can be a huge blessing for us sometimes. Other times, they turn up their noses and act like they're better than us. Those are the ones I always reallllly hope don't get a job on our unit. Just fyi... on our floor, our manager always discusses the candidates with the staff... from RN down to housekeeper. He also values our opinions. Treat every time you step foot in a hospital like it's a job interview, because really... it is.
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    Quote from kenyacka
    Very true! I'm a CNA and students can be a huge blessing for us sometimes. Other times, they turn up their noses and act like they're better than us. Those are the ones I always reallllly hope don't get a job on our unit. Just fyi... on our floor, our manager always discusses the candidates with the staff... from RN down to housekeeper. He also values our opinions. Treat every time you step foot in a hospital like it's a job interview, because really... it is.
    Well said.
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    Whats funny is my brother works for disney and he taught me some of the stuff that he used to help the guests out. I still use what he taught me to this day
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    This is pretty awesome! That is cool that you got hired on as a new grad! I am in my last 2 semesters of school and before every clinical my instructors always give us the "You're on stage" or "You're on a job interview" speech. Most of the students forget that but it is so true! One of my favorite med-surg clinicals I LOVED the CNAs/Techs. I helped them out at any chance I could. Even though we only had one patient each to assess and what not, I made sure I let each nurse I had tell my instructor if there was anything that I could do with any of her/his patients to help out. They really appreciated that. Some people on that unit ask how I am doing sometimes to the other classes on that unit.
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    Quote from seanynjboy
    This is pretty awesome! That is cool that you got hired on as a new grad! I am in my last 2 semesters of school and before every clinical my instructors always give us the "You're on stage" or "You're on a job interview" speech. Most of the students forget that but it is so true! One of my favorite med-surg clinicals I LOVED the CNAs/Techs. I helped them out at any chance I could. Even though we only had one patient each to assess and what not, I made sure I let each nurse I had tell my instructor if there was anything that I could do with any of her/his patients to help out. They really appreciated that. Some people on that unit ask how I am doing sometimes to the other classes on that unit.
    It seems like such a simple thing to do right? But most people don't think about it. It's good to hear you made a good impression. They remembered you. Good job.


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