Just wondering if anyone made it as far as their last semester of Nursing ,ADN, and quit? Happened to me roughly two weeks ago. My clinical rotation was what did me in. I was in no way prepared to care for the type of patients being given to me. I made real stupid mistakes, ie..not putting bed back down to low position when leaving room, forgetting to gown up with contact precaution pt., being 15 min. late to clinical one day and not apologizing to clinical instructor, asking if a dressing change was to be aseptic or sterile, unsure of first time setting up IV pump, apprehensive of first time hands on with chest tube. The end results of these errors was to be chewed out in a pt's room, chewed out in instructor's glass office behind nurses station... which resulted in my bawling, given a written warning, and verbally being told by clinical instructor that she did not feel her pt's were safe with me. I know that I messed up but isn't that what it means to be a student?
Depressed, disillusioned, and ashamed....
Oct 20, '07
4th Semester is an important semester. 4th semester is the semester where we are to show we can practice independently of close guidance. Thus we will be evaluated on our knowledge and our ability to apply the nursing process to multiple patients (this includes leadership and organizational skills). With that said, I understand the nurses and clinical instructor were angry with you (safety issues and lack of infection control). However, I DO NOT condone the approach taken to correct your behavior or to give you feedback. :angryfire
Have you tried working at the hospital or getting a job as an intern? Some of the mistakes you made I made 1st semester multiple times, such as forgetting to lower the bed. Although I was not punished because I was in 1st semester, I was disturbed enough by my mistakes to take corrective action.
I applied and was accepted at a hospital as a tech, where I am working in a job that has safety and infection control as its number one priority. I have developed habits and gained confidence that makes me look good this semester! Plus, I recently applied to be a nurse extern, so soon I will be able to develop more good habits while applying the nursing process to multiple patients.
BTW, to answer your question, yes I have heard of students dropping out or flunking out of 4th semester of nursing school. The hard part at this point for you will be to gain the confidence to return, if that is what you choose to do. If you decide to return, you need to get some decent feedback and correct your behaviors so that your 4th semester will show a competent soon-to-be-nurse (this is what 4th semester is all about) rather then someone who shows no potential (makes mistakes a 1st semester student makes). GL! :spin:
Last edit by SummerGarden on Oct 20, '07