what's your favorite thing to do at clinical?

  1. other than lunch break

    mine is starting IVs and pushing IV meds.



    what's yours?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   emily_mom
    I like to wipe butts and try to insert caths on women who have odd anatomy....just kidding!

    I like to insert IV's also and talk with patients....they are all pretty interesting.
  4. by   MelSky
    i'm just a sophomore, i haven't got to the IV meds yet... can't wait though. i like drawing up meds in syringes and administering them. i also like to pass PO meds. doing the unrealistically long assessment is interesting too.
  5. by   Eric
    The whole IV/Needle thing is scaring the heck out of me. I hope I can overcome this little phobia before I get to that point in my learning.
  6. by   Gator,SN
    My favorite clinical things to do is to spend time with the patients. My last instructor told me that I could talk a bird out of its feathers. ......strange comparison, but it was nice. (I think) I really thought that starting foleys and giving IVP meds would be fun, but now that I have done all that I realize that just talking or holding the hand of a patient is the part that I like best. I have passed every validation lab on the first try, but nothing is taught about how to make a post op 'want' to get up the first time, or a 30 yo diabetic want to eat better. This is the challenge and the part I enjoy the most.

    Gator
  7. by   kimmicoobug
    There are a whole lot of things that I enjoy doing in clinical. I learned how to start IV's this year, and will never turn down an opportunity to at least try to start one. That is a skill I want to be good at, soooo practice makes perfect. I also like to do the assessments. I still get a kick out of finding the pedal pulses. I used to have the hardest time to find anything but the radial, and now I can find a whole lot more. I like putting two and two together as to the patient's diagnosis, figuring out labs (though I struggle), and the assessments. I also love working in OB and working with the lactating moms. Breastfeeding is something I did successfully with lots of trial and error and research, and it is something I like to help others succeed at. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  8. by   abby27
    I am jealous of all of you!! I just want to get into nursing school. I'm applying this month. I'll pretty much go anywhere they'll take me!!

    Abby27
  9. by   missionnurse
    My favorite thing to do at clinical is to really get into the patients chart and start to correlate the s/s I see in the patient with the labs and meds and drs. orders in the chart. I guess it validates that I can actually do this and come to intelligent conclusions upon assessment! :chuckle
  10. by   Ortho_RN
    I like to give injections and interact with the patients... We do IV's next semester and that is scaring the heck out of me.. But all you people who love to start IV's are making me feel much better And secrets or tips that ya'll would like to share?
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i like patient teaching the most thus far and this keeps me abreast of things i did not know or more of things i knew little about.


    i like our pre and post conferences. it gives you a chance to think critically when the instructor is asking question.

    i am glad i am with this instructor because she makes you want to go find the "answer".
  12. by   Mkue
    Assessing
    Post-conference
    Going thru the chart and knowing
    everything I can about the patient.
    Helping other students
  13. by   RNIAM
    I love talking with my patients and then all the gooey stuff! lol I have DC'd two IV's, I have assisted in a sterile dressing change, I have flushed a tube feeding and removed a foley...whoo, that is loads of fun.
  14. by   Rav_810
    Loved giving injections this semester!!!
    And killing people. Just kidding

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