Preparing for clinicals

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    Hi all. I was wondering what everyone is required to do to prepare for clinicals. At my school we are required to do research the night before clinical. We have to research the pt. diagnosis, the A&P which the diagnosis is related to, signs and symptoms, treatments and labs. Then we have to come up with 2 nursing diagnosis, expected outcomes and nursing interventions. Then the day of clinical we have to present our research and come up with 2 more interventions. Then that night we have to revise everything we did to be more specific to our actual pt. Does anyone else have to do this? Just curious what you guys are required to do.
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    I did none of that. I didn't know anything about my patient until I hit the floor in the morning. We did drug cards and had to come up with learning goals.We weren't allowed to go to the clinical site except for aour clinical days.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Oct 12, '13
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    Well I was wondering what everyone else has to do because it is very exhausting to have class then come home and prepare for clinical the next morning and waking up at 4 two days in a row. it takes me hours to prepare for clinicals.
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    I have had different experiences based upon who my clinical instructor was. One had us go to the hospital the day before clinicals and look up the patient that was assisgned to us. We had to do medication sheets and a basic patho on their admitting/current diagnosis. All in hopes that the patient would still be there in the morning.

    Other clnical instructor came in early and assigned patients to us, then throughout the day, if we had free time, we'd fill out paperwork, but had to turn it in the next day.

    Either way, it was exhausting. That doesnt change. While I hated traveling to the hospital an additional day, I had time to better understand my patient, but hated when the patient was discharged, so it appeared that all my work was in vain. Plus I had to start all over with a newly assigned patient.

    The other way meant that I had tons to do when I got home & still prepare for clinical, esp if I was very busy & did not have any down time.
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    Quote from love67
    Well I was wondering what everyone else has to do because it is very exhausting to have class then come home and prepare for clinical the next morning and waking up at 4 two days in a row. it takes me hours to prepare for clinicals.
    What is taking so long? As you go farther into your program, you may find this takes you less time because you know more without needing to look it up.
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    Quote from schnookimz
    What is taking so long? As you go farther into your program, you may find this takes you less time because you know more without needing to look it up.
    Well I just started my program so maybe it will get easier as I go farther into my program but as of now, we have to pretty much research and teach ourselves because they haven't gone over in class the diseases / conditions, treatments and signs and symptoms. I also have home responsibilities that I have to do while trying to research.
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    We did the same thing, and I found it invaluable. We went in the night before to gather all information about the patient: history, admitting diagnosis, code, physicians, previous assessments, previous vitals and weight, meds. We then would go home and do drug cards for all meds, create about a 10-12 pg care plan that night with all nursing diagnosis related to labs/tests/assessment and prioritize them. It took the entire night, and we didn't get much sleep before clinical. We would then go to clinical and would change our information/diagnosis based on our new information and the new care plan/meds/tests/lab values would be due the next day. It was hard work, but I don't see myself being able to relate all of the information like I can now without that preparation. When I did my preceptorship I had absolutely no difficulty transitioning from preparing the night before to just getting information on arrival because I felt that it actually prepared me so that I could process the information wholly.
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    I've never had to do pre-clinical work, but I know the stress and time consuming nature of the beast. We did our care plans post-clinical during my first year, and it took hours upon hours.

    Know that it does get easier. Eventually you'll know the diseases, labs, diagnostics, and typical dxs like the back of your hand and it will go much quicker.

    The material may be more difficult the further you get into nursing school, but the initial learning curve is so steep, I think overall everything ends up easier.
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    Yep we have to do the same plus drug cards or use pre-made drug cards. Plus diet, i&o, catheter, iv sites, co-morbidities, past surgeries, etc. I am usually at the hospital an hour plus. Then when i get home i have to research the patho and list explanations for abnormal labs, and give all possible reasons, not just this person's BUN is high because of renal failure, we have to list the mechanism behind it. So i feel you when it comes to the pre-clinical work. I am 2nd semester bu the way. And yeah, we use all of this info to integrate into a care plan that is due the following week.
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    Our hospitals won't let us do pre-clinicals any more. They don't want students there without an instructor.
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