Dear nursing student - page 7

dear clinical student, i am your soon-to-be instructor. know that i love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. i consider this profession to be a calling. i did not come to this profession for... Read More

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    I loved the post it was spot on. I remember going for my LPN my instructors really stressed care plans, (they wrote a care plan book) I am glad they did. We had to have two careplans each week for our patients. I feel it gave me a better understanding of Care plans and the role they play in the nursing process. It also helped me land a job as a MDS Coordinator. I find however that students who have not had care plans stressed during clinicals do not appreciate their role. As for the comments about 8 hours being a lot clinicals are not supposed to be easy they are supposed to be hard and time consuming to make sure that the students have what it takes to handle the stressful situations that nurses can be thrown into.

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    As a clinical instructor I thoroughly enjoyed your post. In fact, I have just finished sending it to several of my colleagues, I plan to implement much of this post in my next student orientation.
    Thank you for taking the time to submit this post.
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    To all the students that read this and think the work was too much, all my students survived their semester with me. To a person they all said that if they hadn't done the work on the care plans, they would never have been able to care for the patients. It is imperative to know your patients, both as a student, instructor, and staff. If you don't, the patient will suffer. Thanks everyone for all the kind words, I am glad some folks liked this article.
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    Hi there, i am a 2nd year RN student! This is my first year at uni as i completed my enrolled nursing diploma last year and received credit for first year!

    Thank you for your post! I can see that you are devoted and care about your teaching and the professional development of your students that you teach!

    I am trying to learn the most that i can, however i feel very nervous as i do not think i have as much skill as i would like as yet but i do know i will pick this up in time. I study so much and feel like i have not learn much because it seems that the Registered Nursing degree is so academic which i can understand, respect and appreciate. I am just a little dissapointed because i wish the stubjects i am studying were a little bit more related to nursing itself and not SO BROAD! Some of the subjects i study i can REALLY understand is what we need to know about as it is all related, but i just cant understand why they are teaching us information in certain topics which is sooo.. far from being linked to nursing when they should be teaching us information in that topic which is more relevant!

    I have been so fortunate and lucky to have worked with some wonderful nurses and i thank them so much for all the knowledge and experience that have passed on to me. When they ask about my training and my course, they all say the same thing! Back in the day it was more hands on practical training! I really wish the University would provide more of this in addition to academic learning! I really want to be a good nurse and i know i will be, i am dedicated, good natured and i care! I know i need to learn and read in order to put theory into practice i just wish that the course would emphasize more on teaching nursing skills and knowledge and not make it all about writing academic essays (which most times is not directly related to nursing) and freaking out about a reference list not having a commer or dot point where it should be! LOL a little stressed here :|

    But hey, ill get there in the end and i will try to learn the most that i can whilst on placement! Im just worried that i will graduate not knowing much because i lack experience.

    Thanks for listening :-)
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    This is wonderful!! By the end of the day i usually spend about 8 hours or MORE on my care plans. This does include all research needed. I make DETAILED pages with all sorts of research .
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    What a great post! I am in my final clinical rotation with 20 days left until
    graduation. It feels like there are 200 days left but your post made me smile
    and really see it from my instructor's point of view. Sometimes I come home
    at night and want to cry because I didn't know the answer to her questions.
    We're always being told that because we are "seniors" now the answers should
    roll off of our tongue, but I still feel like a student, not a nurse, not yet.
    Thank you for a wonderful post, I'll remember it when she's giving me her
    look of disappointment and not take it too personal.
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    thank u so much for this professor! hehehe
    I'm an upcoming nursing student this fall semester on August 30, 2010, and this post had helped me realized what i should focus on and why i wanted to take this major.
    thanks for the tips!
    i'll be sure to apply it when i get into the program!
    and when u said "smile, the hardest part is to getting in" it made me feel alot better and at ease, bcoz i've been feeling that i might not make it until the end of the program coz i have heard how hard it is...but then i realized that it took me alot of time, effort and will just to get in one of the nursing school...i guess, i will make it until the end! hehe
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    Dear marty, I really liked your letter and was wondering if it would be okay with you if I read it out to student nurses at my uni. I am a nurse educator and thought that it would be a great letter for motivation and information about what is expected of them when they enter the wards.
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    Absolutely you can read it to them. I wrote this while working one night not realizing that so many people would enjoy it and either internalize it as students or share it with their students. I remember the day I had my students read this. It was toward the end of the semester, and they are laughed saying how they wish they knew this the first day, that it would have made the unit, and me, less scary. Thanks for the kind words!!
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    Quote from tokebi
    It was very nice to read such heart-felt writing from an instructor's perspective. I only have one gripe about it though -- care plans, but my complaint is not about how much time is deemed sufficient to spend on them.

    Care plans were very much emphasized when I went through school to become LVN. But never did I see them serving much purpose as I worked in acute care and long term care facilities. There's this little tab labeled "care plan" in the charts, never getting attention from anyone except by medical records and whoever's auditing the chart and harping on us if incomplete. In other words, they do not have much practical function other than being more paperwork for the sake of paperwork. Whether in a hospital or a nursing home, nurses working in today's condition of health care field simply do not have the time to sit and produce a writing composition. Please teach us relevant skills. Help us be efficient nurses and prepare us for the reality of nursing these days, not the outdated or irrelevant nursing models.

    Now, if the purpose of writing care plans is specifically to train us in critical thinking, then please forgive my impudence. However, if we're expected to believe that the plans themselves are actually important in our work, other than being yet another useless paperwork to be completed, I can't help but roll my eyes. I am extremely excited to start RN program this fall, but I dread for the vestigial parts of nursing education that will not see the light of day once we go out in real world.
    Wow, care plans not used by anybody but med records or chart audits??? I've been a nurse [RN] in LTC for 10+ years and regularly reference care plans and update them as needed, which is frequently! New diagnoses, changes in condition, new interventions, resolving interventions when desired outcome is reached etc. I don't know where you work, but if care plans are truly not viewed as anything but busy paper work I'm glad I don't work there. By the way, I don't work behind a desk, all floor RN's are expected to incorporate care planning into their routine.
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