Hi everyone!! Well, on Monday I have my very first prac in the hospital..
I am scared/nervous/excited all at once - a very horrible emotion.
I will be on a gyno ward, week one am's, week two pm's.
So any advice on what this this little stray should expect?!!
Nov 4, '07
Pretty nerve racking stuff, real patients and not just dummies. Apart from all of the clinical opportunities in your placement I think picking up on time management if you can will be really helpful and ask plenty of qestions, as the saying goes, the only dumb question is the one that you did not ask.
Another golden opportunity with your clinical rotations is to find out both good and bad areas of nursing to work in. Ask the nurses what they think of their ward and their staffing levels as well the shift rotations they work. All knowledge is good and will certainly help you with your future career. I have a few post on this site that may be worth having a look at and some interesting links.
Last edit by BRAGGY on Nov 4, '07
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Nov 9, '07
Thanks for the encouraging words!!
So, I am half way through and LOVING it!! My facilitator is awesome (who gave me a glowing interim report!), the staff are great and the pts are easy going. Our scope of practice is very limited, but I have still had the opportunity to watch and learn for future reference!!
I got a bit upset day three, as I was watching a Bella vac being taken out of a lady's abdo, and got really light headed and a bit queezy, as it was a bit of a gusher!! I had to excuse myself and recompose, at that point I thought I am not cut out for this... but carried on with things. The opportunity came for me to watch another one, and this one was fine. Phew!! I put it down to it was the first time I saw anything like that.
Day two when I walked in, I was greeted with words that a first year student doesn't really want to hear... "Oh goody students! That's great because we are short staffed today!" LOL
So I am really tired as we were starting at 0645 and not used to running around like a crazy woman for seven hours!! I have an exam to go to today, and rest tomorrow and then one more week doing afternoon shifts.
Maybe next week I will have some bedpans, spew and poo to clean up as I haven't had to do any of that yet!! hmmmm, but do I really want to???? :spin:
Last edit by AusNurse2B on Nov 9, '07