I just finished my last clinical for my first year.
We had 6 students in an ICU with high acquity and my instructor seemed overwhelmed at times. She made us (all of us) get her to double check everything before we did it from sq lovenox to charting to hanging antibiotics, which left us waiting for her and made us look late on things. It was so frustrating esp since we've been in clinicals all year and have done all of this over and over and over.
I could understand watching us once to check us off --- but she can read our previous evaluations from other clinical instructors & see our compentancy level and this continued the entire time we were there. Plus we know when to seek out help and when we're comfortable with something.
I don't know if it was having so many students that made her overprotective or what.
Anyways, I'm frustrated ... bad clinical experience. But hey, I'm out of school on Friday and off to the beach!!
Jul 31, '02
originally posted by lpn,future, rn
congratulations on the completion of your 1st clinical year. your clinical instructor license are on the line as well as patients lives. i would not take offense to having an instructor being as cautious as she/he can be. some who have been nurses for years, make mistakes, so you being a student can make them no matter what your previous performance has been. do enjoy your vacation and keep up the good work in school.
ditto ditto ditto!!!
kittyw....after you are working as a nurse, you will eventually learn the seriousness behind laying your license and career on the line for newbies, students, etc. until then......just be patient with instructors who are there to cover you, and must also cover themselves in the process. it is not the responsibility of a staff nurse to take it upon herself/himself to monitor students in the clinical areas........that is the sole responsibility of the instructor over the students. it may not appeal to your liking, but it is what is legally required by the bons. be grateful that your instructor is doing her job the right way.....regardless of her pace in getting it done.
i know the impatience of it all is not good, but even as a nurse, you will need to learn patience and a great amount of discipline so you do not rush through procedures too quickly, then regret your error later......and yes......you will make an error -- or more -- as a nurse.....we all do.
i use to be an instructor of cna students, and the same thing applied with them. they had no choice but to be patient so all their classmates had an opportunity to experience certain treatments on patients, etc. with me at their side instructing them. that's what the continuing education department at the community college hired and paid me to do, therefore, i had to answer to my boss......an individual the students never had to come face to face with.
i think you are being impatient, and that is something that perhaps warrants some soul searching on your part. your instructor, or no one else can mature that area of your life...only you can work on that discipline in your life.
please don't take my post the wrong way since i'd rather help you out here on this bb so you will not suffer in the clinical area and not pass, or....worse yet.....after you become a nurse, you look back on this experience and either say "thank you" to these nurses here who are taking the time to share their hindsight with you in regards to becoming a nurse, or you will be saying "why didn't i listen to them." hang in there, and know that we are here for you to help you through to graduation and beyond. :kiss
Last edit by live4today on Jul 31, '02