Sit the last one out? Mulling this over....

  1. 0 I have not missed any clincal days.
    Others in class are talking about which day they're calling in because they never missed a day either.
    One professor actually said she does not mind when students don't show, because it makes the day easier for her. This is not my professor, mind you.

    Last time I did this semester, I got to the next to the last day and got the boot. I'm not worried about doing anything wrong this time, but I'm thinking that since I have not missed any clincal days, and it would not jeopardize graduation, that once I get through the next to the last day, I'll sit the last day out and call it DONE. Just for me, just for my own security, just because.

    Think I should?

    ND
  2. Visit  NurseDaddy2006 profile page

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    Joined Oct '05; Posts: 165; Likes: 40.

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  3. Visit  TexasPediRN profile page
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    I think you know the answer to this question..

    Dont do it.

    Its one more clinical day - you may learn something amazing, plus it shows that you are commited to the program and nursing itself. If you arent sick or in need of a mental health day, dont do it.
  4. Visit  gitterbug profile page
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    go to that clinical. It may be the best one you have ever experienced.
  5. Visit  NurseDaddy2006 profile page
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    I really am torn over this. Other people are planning taking a day, calling it mental health day. I think I deserve a mental health day too. Having had to repeat the whole semester after getting to the next to the last day last time is certainly weighing on me.

    My skills are fine. So far, I'm able to keep myelf within normal confines of what constitutes professional conduct. I guess I'm just scared of my self. I know I'm different than I was last year, but still. I'm gun-shy I guess.

    I'd probably feel guilty if I sat the last day out. It would not feel like a free day at all. I'd be wondering what was being said or thought about me, not showing and all. That's not the feeling I want to have.

    I think I'd be happier if I went ALL THE WAY... so I could revel in that feeling of having gone through every clincial day and succeeded at it.

    I dunno. I just want school to be over so I can breathe.

    ND
  6. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    You will want every single second of clinical experience that you get while in school once you get out...stay in clinical!
  7. Visit  ukstudent profile page
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    That one CI might not mind students not showing up for the last day, but what about all the others. Believe me when I say that all the CI's talk to each other and it will be noted as to which students are dedicated and which are not as you go on to other semesters and other clinical instructors. You do NOT want to go into those clinicals with a question mark next to your name again. You have already said that you would feel guilty if you didn't go, your just tired. That's understandable, but you need to finish up. Have a great last clinical day.
  8. Visit  crawlyberry profile page
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    Its good practice to go to every clinical. It could be that one day that you could learn something very useful. Everyone needs a mental day, and you will get yours after the last day of clinical . Stick it out and good luck.
  9. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    I think you know what you're going to do. You're going to take it.
    If you're going to be guilt ridden about it and not enjoy it forget it. Otherwise, take the day and relax and enjoy if that's what you want to do. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. But I think your mind is really made up to do it.
  10. Visit  donsterRN profile page
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    I totally agree here. PLEASE do not skip the last clinical, even if it is the last one. Any clinical is an opportunity for learning, something that will continue long after graduation. If you feel you deserve a mental health day, then take it after the last clinical. You paid for the experience, too, so you might as well take advantage of it, right? Do this correctly; it sounds like you know that.
  11. Visit  Lisa CCU RN profile page
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    Are you really saying you're scared to go because you may do something wrong and fail? You said you "got the boot" last time.
  12. Visit  styRN profile page
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    For the rest of your nursing carrer you'll have occasional days where you think about not wanting to/not able to go into work that day, for whatever reason.
    You'll not have a choice then, so treat your clinical training as training for the real world - suck it up buttercup, and go.
  13. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    While not a clinical instructor, I have precepted a number of senior students, and let me tell you, I would not look kindly on a student "blowing off" the final day of clinical. Your program may allow for 1 unpenalized absence during the clinical rotation, but that is intended for illness, sudden emergency, unsafe driving conditions, etc., NOT student indifference, laziness, or "mental health".
    Taking the day off without a legitimate excuse is dishonest and unprofessional.
  14. Visit  NurseDaddy2006 profile page
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    Quote from Jolie
    While not a clinical instructor, I have precepted a number of senior students, and let me tell you, I would not look kindly on a student "blowing off" the final day of clinical. Your program may allow for 1 unpenalized absence during the clinical rotation, but that is intended for illness, sudden emergency, unsafe driving conditions, etc., NOT student indifference, laziness, or "mental health".
    Taking the day off without a legitimate excuse is dishonest and unprofessional.
    I guess neither you or Sty really know my story. And there's no way that an internet forum can relay the nuances of what we say here.

    I agree with what both of you said. Absolutely. Just don't lump me in with other students. I'm not typical. My situation does not involve indifference, or laziness. I went to clinical instead of being at my dying father-in-law's bedside last year. I'm dedicated. Anyone here that knows me will tell you that. And I don't take mental health lightly, being someone with documented diabilities that require a great deal of effort to overcome. My concerns are legitimate.


    Every week, I post an update of how the semester is going, so that those that care and know my history can watch as I succeed. I am a professional, I am a serious student, and stand in a position to pass this class even if I got a ZERO on the final. That was through hard work both this and my past attempt at this semester. I was a serious student last time too, going into the final with a 90 average. My 3.87 GPA proves it too. This, again, involves a great deal of effort in working through my disabilites. Lowest grade to date is a B+. I will not recount why I got the boot with one day left last time, but lets just say it in part it was due to a lack of understanding of who I am and how I function and what I'm capable of. My current professor/CI was there and knows the whole story. She has told me numerous times that she is proud of me for overcoming many obstacles, including the repeat of the semester. She says many give up and don't ever come back. Those here that do know me know my story. I don't feel the need to explain it again.

    Someone here that does know my story, someone whom I'd consider a professional, and a friend, has responded displaying full understanding of my situation and my history. Others have been constructive in what they said. I am trying very hard to not view what you said as harsh, but the sting lingers.

    I know who I am. I know the good I've done. I know what I've been through. I know what it's taught me.

    ND


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