I am an LPN student. I started this January (2010) and have a question. Up until now, I have been getting straight A's on the exams and such, but am having a hard time applying my book 'smarts' to clinical. This past week was just awful and now I am thinking maybe I just don't have what it takes to make it as a nurse. My question is..during school, did anyone else's teacher put SUCH emphysis on medications??? I am not talking about how to pass them--I am talking about knowing the action the drug has on the body. Our instructor is very 'theory' oriented ( her words not mine) and so, we spend only about an hour to two TOPS on the floor in clinical. the other 3 hours is spent reveiweing charts, and labs. We are expected to know the normal and critical values of each lab, how the test is conducted, what medications would be perscribed and then what action each med has on the body. I feel like we don't spen time on the basics enough. I have only a couple weeks left and have yet to give a shower, or complete ADLS. I feel as if I have learned nothing at all exept book work. and now I am moving to acute care in a hospial and couldn't tell you how to clean a caathetar or how to even give a bed bath.
This week was my first time passing meds ever and I needed to know the therapeutic and pharm. classification of each along with the action on the body, drug-drug, and adverse effects, and pt. teaching BY HEART for ALL 17 meds. I had to look at my med sheets and was basically ripped into about being a sloppy nurse and for being unprepared.
Im sorry, but I dont feel that knowing hat much about meds is as important as knowing how to complete basic care. Is this how it normally is?? will i learn more later? did anyone feel as crappy as I do and totally want to throw in the towel at any point?
and the main Q..is knowing all this information REALLY that important to work as an LPN?? I understand about drug-drug and pt teaching, but to know the complete action of each med and how it effects teh body, what part of the brain, what part of the body, onset peak and duration, and how it effects both the CNS and PNS seems just like waaaaay too over kill..
any comments are welcome, I am feeling really despaired right now. Thanks guys.