Quote from NursingIs4CoolPeople
Thanks to the above posters, I just had my first clinical experience at Med Surg and it was horrible. =( the CI was on my back the whole time as soon as i got there, i think because I'm the only male in the group.. and I felt and looked so lost. it's weird because she just assigns us a nurse and tells us to go so i followed my nurse around for a while because i really didn't know what to do and then my CI was like wt* are you doing? My CI pulled me aside and told me to stop slacking off and ask she came with me to ask if i could do anything for the patients on my team(6 of them)... I got to take out an IV and make a bed in the morning and in the afternoon I got to give a Subq. I have no idea what I did besides that.. =( i'm so lost in clinicals...
I really don't know what my problem is. It's like as soon as I step on the floor of the hospital i forget everything i know, and it sucks.. BLAH. sorry just had to get that out..
I think you should clarify what role the nurse is to play for you, and what role you should be taking. I have never followed a nurse around, even for 10 minutes.
During first semester, I did independent head to toe assessments, vital signs, AM care (bathing, etc.), linen changing, wound care, and injectable and oral medications with my instructor. You shoud come up with a routine for organizing your care responsibiliies. For example, my system was that I would take vital signs first thing, then head to toe assessments, then medications, then bathing, and then wound care, charting everything as I went along. Make up a chart listing all your responsibilities by time of day and stick to it. After I was done, I would ask my nurse if they had anything else I could help them with.
If you don't come up with a system for organizing your care, your instructor is going to have your head!