Quote from jcolli01
KIM2010: We got our letters in the mail the beginning of November! We were just registered for our first semester of classes the other day. I'm going up to the college tomorrow to pick up my books. I'm glad that you replied because now I have a nursing student at Baker that I can ask a question... lol... Are we suppose to wear our uniforms to the orientation? Do you have any tips or pointers? How are the Nurses we get paired with at Clinicals? I've been reading a lot on here about Clinical Instructors being really mean to the students...
No you dont wear your whites to orientation.
The only tip I have for you is to work hard, read your books and then go back and read them again.
Its a hard program and most weeks you WILL spend 40+ hours a week studying/writing papers/careplans- no joke. Its a lot of work, but it is worth it and you CAN get through it.
They break the group into half for classes, so you will only really get to know half of the group the first semester. They will change this up every semester. Then for Clinicals you are broken up into 5 or 6 groups. Prob. 8 students per clinical instructor. ( these will meet at varying times/locations. Some will be at one hospital and others at a different one, some will be on 6th floor, some on 7th, some on 8... etc.) You dont really follow your nurse too much, you will have your own stuff your doing like learning assessment and patient care.
I will say that some of the nurses can unfriendly, but the majority are wonderful. I found that fundamentals was the worse for unfriendly nurses, but since then the nurses have been much much better. Much more willing to help, answer questions, try new things, and let you pick their brain.
On the lighter side, you are going to sit next to complete strangers at orientation and they will tell you these people are your new family and will be your best friends... and its is 100% true. They are the people who will hug you when your down, kick you in the butt when you need it, and stand proudly by your side everyday. :heartbeat
Good Luck, and feel free to e-mail me anytime if you need some help.