Typical day during first semester of nursing went something like this for me...
Arrive early (I usually got there 25-30 mins early). Either get something to eat from the cafeteria, get a drink, whatever. Go up to the floor and get patient assignment during pre-conference(we didn't get ours the day before during this semester; don't ask me why). Grab client's chart and get the run-down on what's going on or get report from the RN who is assigned to that client. Go into client's room, introduce yourself, do a preliminary assessment, do a.m. care (vitals, bed bath, assist into shower, morning meds, etc.).
During the course of the day, I provide care for my client, whatever that may entail (first semester I only had one patient assigned to me) and complete the objectives the instructor gave out during pre-conference.
If I had a question or issue I would ask my instructor or if I had a really nice RN I'd ask him/her.
My first clinical location was a long-term care facility and my second was on an orthopedic floor, so duties varied, obviously. Some of the things I did this semester: feeding, bathing, vitals, oral meds (do injections next semester), suctioning, assessments (still not a pro at this but getting better
), wound care, dressing changes, assisting with ambulation, position changes, O2 therapy, enemas, catheter insertion/care/etc...it boggles the mind how much I've learned in the past few months.
Any skills I performed in clinical I had to first pass in lab, but I did seek out learning opportunities every chance I got and had some wonderful experiences doing things I would not have otherwise been able to do. (that was a really long sentence, sorry
) A few of my classmates would hide out in the staff lounge or their patient's room during the day and I absolutely HATED that. Why are you there if not to learn? Take advantage of every opportunity to learn something new. That's how on the last day of clinical this semester I was able to witness a code...was in the right place at the right time. It was incredible.
I had a great clinical instructor, so your mileage may vary. On the first day of class she introduced herself and said, "I've gone through nursing school, and I know how s*itty some teachers can be...I am here to make sure you folks don't have to deal with that." Carol, if you read this...THANK YOU.
Do your homework, make sure you know your lab assignments, RNotes is a helpful tool (threads been done on this as well if you do a search)...Gah I can think of a million things to say but my post is already getting a wee bit too long...LOL
Have fun, pay attention, ENJOY WHAT YOU DO and you will be fine. Yes, you will probably be scared witless the first time but like USA said, the fear subsides over time once your confidence kicks in.
Good luck, and keep posting here as your semester chugs along.