I would like to have suggestions from the LPN to RN student about clinical experiences at a facility. I am a clinical instructor for an advanced Med/Surg class. All the students have their LPN license, but 2 of 7 have been practicing as LPN's for over 2 years probably in a LTC facility. Five of the group have just passed their board for the LPN but are continuing on to the RN portion. Basically bridging.
The facility that we are going to use is smaller (70-80 beds) and the clinical is on Friday and Saturdays. Part of the problem is that the unit we will be stationed on is Surgical and may not have enough patients in order for each student to have an individual patient assignment on Saturdays. Also the clinical runs for 10 hours. I have proposed and been offered to use the ER, CCU, and OR areas of the hospital. The lead instructor does not want to do this as they state that branching out may be a liability and that students do not feel that they learn from going to other units.
Does the student learn from staying just in one unit and having to double up on occassion? My plans were to incorporate a SWAT position so that each student will also have the opportunity to see what it is like to manage and help their co-workers.
My intent is not to fill in down time with additional paperwork.
Does one actually learn from extra paperwork or assignments? My problem is I feel that I have no autonomy with designing the best possible clinical experience for students. One thing that I left out is that the 3 of the 5 clinical groups are going to larger facilities. I want to keep a good relationship with the lead instructor, but want to keep the learning experience at it's very best.
Thank you for responding.