How to survive clinicals - page 2

by Sjsmith92

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Hey everyone, I have recently been accepted into an LPN program in my state. After talking to some people who have been in nursing school or even people who want to go into nursing school they always mentions clinicals. Whether... Read More


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    On my first day of clinicals, a student absolutely refused to help a patient with a bedpan...Hello...we all signed up for this....were taught about bedpans n' stuff in lecture so how could she NOT see this coming???? Well, she gets into this nervous breakdown/crying mode and the instructor had to bring her into an unoccupied room for what seemed like eternity to calm her down. Instructor pretty much told her that this would be part of her profession, so if she couldn't handle bedpans, she was in the wrong profession. All the rest of us were like zombies on the floor...we took vitals, gave bedbaths, but we could still hear the student wailing in the room with the instructor. So since the instructor wasn't around, out come the cell phones and the texting. I could not believe it. (The charge nurse told our instructor what had happened and we all got clinical warnings--on our first clinical day! We desereved it!)

    Said student went to the program director the next day and claimed that the instructor "had it in for her" and was "going to fail her" because of what happened the previous day in clinical. The student sent e-mails to everone in the group asking us to step forward and back her up. No one stepped forward.

    Needless to say, the following week in clinical was awkward. No one would speak to her, and needless to say, her bedridden patient needed to have a bedpan because he felt a bm coming on....the student then runs to the instructor and asks her if another student could help the patient with the bedpan because she had "flu-like symptoms" and didn't want to make the patient sick. Yeah, ok. The instuctor then hands the student a gown, mask, and gloves and pretty much demanded that she go back in her patients room and help with the bedpan. The student then walked off the floor, never to be seen again.


    Welcome to clinicals!!
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    Wow..just..wow.
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    Quote from BanoraWhite


    Wow..just..wow.


    wow what?
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    I've had three days of clinicals, so far... Anyway, our first day we did a patient assessment; the second day, we did total patient care, at least what we were allowed to do; and the third day, we did assessments and po meds. Next week we're taking part in immunizations to the hospital staff. To me, the worst part about clinicals is the paperwork, which is, of course, part of the learning process, as everything is! Don't be afraid, we're not supposed to know everything. We've been encouraged to ask about anything we're unsure of, that's how students learn!
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    Quote from Tyler77
    On my first day of clinicals, a student absolutely refused to help a patient with a bedpan...Hello...we all signed up for this....were taught about bedpans n' stuff in lecture so how could she NOT see this coming???? Well, she gets into this nervous breakdown/crying mode and the instructor had to bring her into an unoccupied room for what seemed like eternity to calm her down. Instructor pretty much told her that this would be part of her profession, so if she couldn't handle bedpans, she was in the wrong profession. All the rest of us were like zombies on the floor...we took vitals, gave bedbaths, but we could still hear the student wailing in the room with the instructor. So since the instructor wasn't around, out come the cell phones and the texting. I could not believe it. (The charge nurse told our instructor what had happened and we all got clinical warnings--on our first clinical day! We desereved it!)

    Said student went to the program director the next day and claimed that the instructor "had it in for her" and was "going to fail her" because of what happened the previous day in clinical. The student sent e-mails to everone in the group asking us to step forward and back her up. No one stepped forward.

    Needless to say, the following week in clinical was awkward. No one would speak to her, and needless to say, her bedridden patient needed to have a bedpan because he felt a bm coming on....the student then runs to the instructor and asks her if another student could help the patient with the bedpan because she had "flu-like symptoms" and didn't want to make the patient sick. Yeah, ok. The instuctor then hands the student a gown, mask, and gloves and pretty much demanded that she go back in her patients room and help with the bedpan. The student then walked off the floor, never to be seen again.


    Welcome to clinicals!!

    Wow. It's probably better that she quit nursing if she couldn't handle that.

    I'm glad to hear that clinicals start off at a reasonable pace. That's reassuring for someone like me who has yet to start them.
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    Healthcare is real life, it can get dirty often but we should all do our best in clinicals to make the patient feel comfortable knowing that their receiving care from a confident professional in training. Meaning running from a bed pan is not appropriate.
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    I believe to be a good nurse u must have a desire & passion for it
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    Wow this is great. I am in first year nursing here in Oz, but already am a AIN nurse so do showers, beds, meds etc. I am looking forward to my first clinical too. We go to nursing homes at first. I have done a 2 week prac for TAFE there and it was preety good. Good luck for all clinicals.
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    Clinicals seem scary. According to my aunt, who is doing clinicals to be a surgical technician, it's tough. I'll just read as many threads on here as possible for tips!
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    It's been a hundred million years since I did clinical but I wanted to offer my advice anyway. I started out nervous and have a habit of talking to myself. I found that I would do each task with my patient and state what I was doing, why I was doing it, and what I found. As an example, I'm going to listen to your lungs because lying in bed can make secretions pool and if you don't cough it up you can get pneumonia, your lungs sound good. I found my patients loved it. It gave me confidence and I still do it. No one is more interested in their health then the patient.

    p.s. my first clinical day I stared at my first patient for 15 minutes willing her to wake up. A more seasoned nurse shook her awake or I probably would have stayed there all day. Debra
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