Honestly, I wish that everyday of nursing school
was a clinical day. I learned a little more today, and everyone was so willing to teach, to pass off a little bit of wisdom, and my clinical instructor is pretty much amazing.
Today I learned that an 18-20 gauge needle should be used for an IV if the person is going to need surgery. Didn't know that before, but I'm only a first semester student.
I was also taught how to give an Intraosseous infusion! If you don't know what that is, it's where they drill into the bone to start an IV when one can't be started (or time is short) on a patient who needs medicine/fluids/etc or death is imminent. I was able to practice with the drill on the bone model. They were teaching the ER nurses and invited me in. How cool is that?!
I'd love to hear the cool things you learned on your clinical day, because every day we should learn something!