omg I hate clinicals!!!!

  1. 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 practioner, but if i can get pass rn clinicals hmmm its kinda scary. the other regular nurses at the hospital and staff dont really help that much they think you know stuff and i just feel like a complete fool . and besides that i work full time and go to school so i am exhausted after clinicals. any advice
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  3. by   futurecnm
    Quote from Nadia24
    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 practioner, but if i can get pass rn clinicals hmmm its kinda scary. the other regular nurses at the hospital and staff dont really help that much they think you know stuff and i just feel like a complete fool . and besides that i work full time and go to school so i am exhausted after clinicals. any advice
    what makes you hate them? I have really learned so much from clinical and would choose them anyday over lecture. I love working in the real hospital setting. I would be a little worried if I hated being at clinicals.
  4. by   KyPinkRN
    Quote from Nadia24
    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 practioner, but if i can get pass rn clinicals hmmm its kinda scary. the other regular nurses at the hospital and staff dont really help that much they think you know stuff and i just feel like a complete fool . and besides that i work full time and go to school so i am exhausted after clinicals. any advice
    My advice is to stick it out... I am in role transition now and will be graduating on Dec. 6, in RT I have been basically on my own with my preceptor there to guide me, but I have done everything... it's much less stressful than clinical ever was for me. I know what needs to be done and do it without worrying if my clinical instructor is going to find fault with it. And, if someone asks you something you don't know just say so... they may help you find the answer.
  5. by   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.
  6. by   MiaKeaRN
    I guess I have been fortunate to have very helpful and receptive nurses at clinicals. I take care of my patient and then I also ask if I can follow them for their other patients. Every one of them was more than happy to have me tag along, especially when I was able to help them with patient care (even just helping them turn a patient or take vitals for them).

    Not sure what to suggest if you hate clinicals......it's going to be a long nursing program for you if you can't get yourself to at least tolerate the clinical experience. Maybe talk to your instructor to see if he/she has any suggestions to make it a better experience.

    Best of luck to you.
  7. by   Bumashes
    Quote from futurecnm
    what makes you hate them? I have really learned so much from clinical and would choose them anyday over lecture. I love working in the real hospital setting. I would be a little worried if I hated being at clinicals.
    What school do you go to? Mine uses clinicals to terrorize and belittle its students.
  8. by   NursesRFun
    Clinicals is a "Taste" of the real world... you may have hard instructors that expect you to be prepared, know your Meds, know rationales as to why you do what you do, etc. you may also have those instructors that could care less what you do on the floor as long as you get through the Hours of clinicals. Is it the hours that you have to put in for clinicals that you dont like? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Clinicals can be a very valuable time for you, helping you put together what is learned in the classroom and what actually happens in the Real world. I suggest you just try to look at it as a more positive experience and try to take the good from it.... cuz after you graduate and have your own License.... Guess what, there wont ALWAYS be someone there to hold your hand.
  9. by   kittluv1022
    Quote from Nadia24
    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 practioner, but if i can get pass rn clinicals hmmm its kinda scary. the other regular nurses at the hospital and staff dont really help that much they think you know stuff and i just feel like a complete fool . and besides that i work full time and go to school so i am exhausted after clinicals. any advice
    I don't work-but I do hate clinicals! My instructor should've been a warden at a prison. It is not the patient care or the work-its the attitudes of the instructors. Are you hearing this: "but you only have 2 or 3 patients! What are you going to do when you have 6 or 7?" Ok-well-when I am finally an RN-I will not have to research my patients the night before and complete a 20-page prep-tool on each of them-in 3 hours! I will not have to wait for an instructor for 30 minutes (or longer) before i give meds....I will not have to explain mechanism of action for 30 meds just before giving them (not talking about what the drug is-what its for-action-or side effects), and I will not have to wonder where I am going to get my money to pay for daycare for all of the extra crap the school makes us do above and beyond what we are signed up for...UGH! I feel ur pain, girl! May can not come soon enough!!! Good Luck and hang in there!
  10. by   mixyRN
    Quote from kittluv1022
    Ok-well-when I am finally an RN-I will not have to research my patients the night before and complete a 20-page prep-tool on each of them-in 3 hours! I will not have to wait for an instructor for 30 minutes (or longer) before i give meds....I will not have to explain mechanism of action for 30 meds just before giving them (not talking about what the drug is-what its for-action-or side effects)
    :yeahthat:
  11. by   locolorenzo22
    Quote from kittluv1022
    I don't work-but I do hate clinicals! My instructor should've been a warden at a prison. It is not the patient care or the work-its the attitudes of the instructors. Are you hearing this: "but you only have 2 or 3 patients! What are you going to do when you have 6 or 7?" Ok-well-when I am finally an RN-I will not have to research my patients the night before and complete a 20-page prep-tool on each of them-in 3 hours! I will not have to wait for an instructor for 30 minutes (or longer) before i give meds....I will not have to explain mechanism of action for 30 meds just before giving them (not talking about what the drug is-what its for-action-or side effects), and I will not have to wonder where I am going to get my money to pay for daycare for all of the extra crap the school makes us do above and beyond what we are signed up for...UGH! I feel ur pain, girl! May can not come soon enough!!! Good Luck and hang in there!
    The problem is that when you are an RN, you BETTER know what you're giving and for what. do otherwise, and you might hurt somebody, or at least put your license that you've worked hard for in jeopardy. I do the school/work thing, and it's tough. I missed my class this morning cause I didn't hear alarm, and I nearly missed the test this afternoon.
    But, clinicals are something else. Personally, I don't mind clinicals, it's the paperwork that gets you. I have no problem giving care, especially if it's an interesting subject/lesson plan. Right now, I'm in OB, and not having ovaries is really kind of making this a drag. I just want to get through my last 2 (2, 2, ...can you believe it?) and go to last semster....although we have not registered yet for spring!!! YIKES!
    oh well, we'll be done soon enough.
    To OP....if it's only your 2nd round, relax. You have to have the expierence to make the last ones seem easier. Personally, I almost got kicked out of NS on the first day of clinicals...had never given direct care before, wasn't yet working as a CNA. Ah...those were the bad days.....lol. Chin up, don't let em beat you down.
  12. by   kittluv1022
    HA! I feel sorry for those who dont know the meds they give-because they will hurt somebody and they will end up losing their license. Funny-i just asked an experienced RN what megace was and she told me it was like colace. Interesting. She couldn't have been more wrong. Its not the work-its the way we are treated-as morons-and come to find out-the RNs on the floor don't really know all they think they do. I had a patient die a month ago. No-it wasnt because of her own illness-it was because she was given another paitents IV PN-yeah-severly allergic to pennicillin-glad it was hung by the esperienced RN and not me-the student. I think the point here I am trying to make is it is not the work-it is not the need to know the information-it is how we are treated as 3rd class idiots. Not asking for anyone to hold my hand. Ahh-I still remember my instructor telling my entire class that we dont pay enough tuition for the letters behind her name...... Why do nurses eat their young anyways???

    Tazzi-i know you posted this long ago-but I, too, HATE CLINICALS!
  13. by   kittluv1022
    [quote=locolorenzo22;2506830]The problem is that when you are an RN, you BETTER know what you're giving and for what. do otherwise, and you might hurt somebody, or at least put your license that you've worked hard for in jeopardy. I do the school/work thing, and it's tough. I missed my class this morning cause I didn't hear alarm, and I nearly missed the test this afternoon.
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    Wish I went to your school! We miss a (as in one) lecture, lab, clinical, convention-whatever-we are dismissed from the program. Oh yes-tardiness is not allowed either-show up late-pick a new major.
  14. by   smk1
    THe paperwork can kill ya. I made a conscious decision to change my attitude about clinicals after the first round in LTC when we first started nursing school. I felt like an idiot, I didn't have a clear understanding of what we were allowed to do and what we should already know how to do. I practiced my skills and assessments ALL THE TIME. So that I could be more comfortable and everytime I caught myself groaning at the thought of clinical, I stopped myself and immediately told myself how much I loved clinical and thought of 3 good things about it. It worked for me and now, I really enjoy clinical (with the exception of the 4:30 am wake up process). It gets better as you become more "competent" and start to understand what is really going on with your patients. Try to hang in there.

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