omg I hate clinicals!!!! - page 3

Ok this is my 2nd first round of clinicals long story, but realizing again that i hate clinicals. Did anyone feel this way and if so what did u do? My ultimate goal is to be neonatal nurse... Read More

  1. by   S.N. Visit
    I got stuck with 2 mean spirited instructors that made my clinical experiences in Med/Surg unbearable. They mentally raped me on a daily basis. So, yes I did hate at least a couple clinical rotations. I did not let them make me cry or quit like they did so many others. (However, I did develop a strong aversion to wanting to ever work on those med/surg floors because of those two nasty women...PTSD I guess ).
    I sucked it up and got through it knowing they weren't going to break me. The best thing about graduating and becoming an RN is that I'm finally treated like a human being! I won!

    For those of you who are experiencing clinical hell, stay strong; don't let them beat you down! When you graduate, go where you want to be and don't look back!

    ps.......smock burning ( ns uniform) was a popular & therapeutic thing last summer for many in my graduating class!
  2. by   S.N. Visit
    Quote from emtb2rn
    I agree with Kevin. Clinicals are what you make of make of them.

    To those who "hate" clinicals, how would you propose learning the hands on skills?

    By being paired with an instructor that is caring, kind, patient, tolerant, helpful and one that really wants to teach you! I don't think anyone is complaining of hating hands on skills. It's the disrespect that so many instructors and nurses lavish on to students.
  3. by   sistasoul
    Quote from Tanzanite
    By being paired with an instructor that is caring, kind, patient, tolerant, helpful and one that really wants to teach you! I don't think anyone is complaining of hating hands on skills. It's the disrespect that so many instructors and nurses lavish on to students.
    I totally agree. I have had two amazing clinicals with two great instructors. These instructors were adjunct (just did clinical rotations and did not lecture) and stressed real life skills "vs" useless clinical objectives (e.g., promoting the image of nursing) and treated us like people who were there to learn. We were not expected to be perfect and already know things- we are students. My other 3 clinicals were terrible. I cried in two of them and have almost cried this rotation. These instructors were the regular staff and they are all on power trips. It is not that i have anything against these instructors personally, I just think they should be a lot more tolerant of the learning curve. Just my 2Cents.
  4. by   futurecnm
    Quote from nurse2bKY
    It's the passing out food trays, answering call lights to listen to a patient tell me something really stupid, and stuff like that.
    Nice..........
  5. by   atrice
    "They mentally raped me on a daily basis. So, yes I did hate at least a couple clinical rotations."
    ps.......smock burning ( ns uniform) was a popular & therapeutic thing last summer for many in my graduating class!"


    That is so funny.:chuckle "Mentally raped" is exactly how I have felt this semester and had no words to describe my feelings. I finish in May and it can not come soon enough. I love the clinicals and the clients....but i hate the drama, 2 hr questioning/quizzing on the floor, and oh let's not forget the hours of paperwork. I can't wait to be a REAL nurse and not have to take home 8-12 hrs min of paperwork home with me EVERY WEEK.
    Smock burning sounds very therapeutic at this point.
  6. by   Cosper123
    Quote from Tanzanite
    By being paired with an instructor that is caring, kind, patient, tolerant, helpful and one that really wants to teach you! I don't think anyone is complaining of hating hands on skills. It's the disrespect that so many instructors and nurses lavish on to students.

    Yeah, because all your co-workers and nurse management will always be caring, kind, patient, tokerant, and helpful....

    Nearly through my 3rd semester, I've had some VERY interesting instructors. I've also had some very horrible nurses to work with. But at the end of the day I always learned something and it benifited who I will be when I finally graduate.

    The hands on skills that they were talking about come with different senarios. You will never have ideal circumstances to work out your entire shift. There will always be wrenches thrown into the cogs and nursing school is designed to teach you to work around those issues.

    The true measure of a person is not what they have accompished or where they are, but what they have overcome to get there. I'd rather have my limits tested and reshaped now than over some dead patient's bed.

    Just hang in there people and stay strong. I can't tell you that things will get better or that you won't have yet MORE hoops to jump through...but it is worth it. If you doubt that, then I would consider other options. Either try your hand at getting in another program, suck it up, or find another path. I'm willing to bet (hope) that a majority of the people in this thread have what it takes to get through it.

    I've seen more people cry this semester then in my entire life, including the first two semesters. I know it's not easy, but it really is worth it if you can make the most of what you have.
  7. by   APBT mom
    Quote from Kevin RN08
    I went to another floor where other students were doing clinical for another school. They were just hanging out, kicked back at the nurses station with the instructor, joking, talking about the weekend. We came back about an hour and a half later and they were still there! The wound care nurse I was working with was livid, and I got an ear full, not directed at me but that program. It's those students who make it hard for the rest of us.
    Our instructor does this with us. Our group thinks it's nice that she talks to us like equals. However when it's time to do something we do it. Our priority is not to hang out with the instrutor it's to practice our skills but the hospitals we go to are not very "active." One hospital was 120 beds and for three weeks they had 20 pts in the entire hospital. The one now is 327 but mostly OB.

    I don't hate clinicals just where we do them. The first rotation was at a LTC facility and I have a hatred for them for another reason but this place was the icing on the cake. During orientation the DON gave us the lovely story about how the staff loved nursing students and would let us do whatever we could to the pts. LIAR the whole time we were their we filled the linen carts, gave the pts water, took out the trash, and anything else they didn't want to do. When our instructor would come to check on us all of the sudden there was all sorts of stuff to do and we constantly got yelled at for not doing anyting. It got so that the instructor gave us a sheet of paper to write down everything we did. My partner in I towards the end started hiding in the closets and cleaning them out with the door closed so no one could bother us.
  8. by   Nikki The Great
    I don't find my clinical experience like working in the hospital at all. For the most part I find clinicals to be very tedious and boring. I have worked in the hospital for the last couple of years so I feel like I am going to work for free. I know that just because I hate clinicals does not mean that I will hate being a nurse. I love working in the hospital. I love working with patients. I love learning new things. Some nurses feel that their clinical experience is or was "just like the real hospital experience" but there are many others who do not. Some of the nurses that I know including my mother and most of friends tell me to grit my teeth and bare it and try and make the most of my clinical experience. To the OP, evaulate what it is that you really hate about clinicals, is it the patients, clinical instructor, care plans or is it nursing in general. I have not enjoyed my clinical experience so far. Even though I have learned alot, I really hate the tedious, haphazard way that my clinical instructor guides my group. I still plan on being a nurse, I still enjoy taking care of patients. OP don't let suckey clinical experiences keep you from your goal.
  9. by   CrystalClear75
    Quote from Conrad283
    You better find out a way to like clinicals because when you're in the real world, it's like clinicals except with more patients.
    Actually I think when you start to develop more confidence(if you haven't already) you'll more than likely become more motivated or perhaps even like it, and the process of developing it comes from learning and applying it which is what clinicals are obviously for as we all know, lol. Learning anything new that is as stressful as this can be very daunting at times, and that is never fun. You may be just a bit overwhelmed right now and what your feeling is very normal, at least by what your saying in your post is very similar to the remarks I've heard from other students along the way. And in the "real world" you'll be making money which is MUCH better, in my opinion, you'll be more confident since you'll be more knowledgeable so don't let clinicals discourage you. I hated it too! If you have any questions throughout the day, write it down and look it up on your own. I also felt like I wasn't taught well enough in the clinical setting, I had so many questions but the teacher was usually busy with the other students passing out meds or something, I mean the teacher was hardly ever around unless I had meds to pass so I was like "uhhhh okay" sometimes. My advice is to observe as much as you can and if you feel comfortable, ask the instructor the questions you may have or like I said, look it up on your own. I always felt uncomfortable asking the instructor any questions, it seems like I would get a response like "you should know this" if you know what I mean. Don't let clinicals discourage you, you are still learning. Good luck.
    Last edit by CrystalClear75 on Nov 22, '07
  10. by   colleennurse
    I hated clinicals when I was in school. The real world is nothing like clinicals in my opinion. When you are on your own it is different. Just get through school, do what you have too to get to your goal
  11. by   kasia2
    I dont like clinicals at all because for one they are nerve-racking, you have to figure things on your own, the nurses are always on the run and your instructor looks for ways to fail you
  12. by   jml444
    Quote from Conrad283
    You better find out a way to like clinicals because when you're in the real world, it's like clinicals except with more patients.
    No.......the real world is NOT like clinicals at all!! When you are in the real world, you will work at 1 hospital, have time to learn and know what their policy's and procedures are, what their daily "routine" is, what and where their supplies are, you will form relationships with staff who will be there to back you up and answer questions, and you will be able to act on your own and not have to sit around waiting for your clinical instructor to give meds! With clinicals, each semester is at a different hospital and some semesters are divided into two with different clinicals for each one, and by the time you finally get down that hospital/floor's routine, learn where everything is, learn their particular computer system, charting, etc.....guess what...the rotation is over and you have to go somewhere else and start all over!!
  13. by   GretaRN
    Hang in there.....know who you can ask questions to and don't be afraid to ask. Also get your work done and offer to help other nurses, this helps them to accept you and you also get to see and do more things. Try to get the most of the learning experience and seek the support of the other students in your group. Good Luck

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