I had orientation today for L&D/Postpartum & nursery and will start clinical next friday. We have only been in class one week and have not discussed any of these areas/material yet. Also a nurse from the hospital that I will being going to is acting as our instructor (because the college doesn't have enough nurses to cover all the clinicals) this nurse lead me to believe we should have already studied this area and be familiar with it. What I was wondering, is this a common thing to be sent to clinical without any classroom teaching? I guess I will be studying a lot of chapters this weekend
Jan 14, '05
A nurse from one of the hospitals was my clinical instructor and she was wonderful! So I think in that regard you'll be fine. She taught us so much during each of our clinical rotations last semester (L&D, nursery, PP).
But at the beginning of last semester (before we started our OB rotations) we had an extensive lab beforehand. For 4 days we were in the lab, 7 hours each day, for a total of 28 hours lab preparation. It helped a lot and gave us all a foundation before heading into clinicals. Would we have been ok without it though? Absolutely. Of course it helped and it was nice to have, but it was all basic stuff (how to swaddle a baby, normal fundal checks, normal lochia, newborns - how to weigh/measure, bathe, take all vitals, placement of fetal/contraction monitors, etc, etc) It was information overload, a lot to learn in a short amount of time but it gave us an overview of everything we'd see in clinicals. However, you will learn all of this in clinicals even if you don't have all the knowledge now, just let the nurses know how much you're familiar with, they'll work with you. The nurses we had in OB were great, they explained everything ... it was a great learning experience.
Also our instructors gave us chapters that they recommended we read before certain clinical rotations. Maybe you can ask if there's certain chapters they recommend you read in order to prepare for the clinical rotation? Tell them about your concerns. I'm sure you'll be just fine though, I really enjoyed last semester's OB/peds rotations. Good luck!
Last edit by RainDreamer on Jan 14, '05