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- Jul 30, '12 by ScottE,RNThis is what I have taken to 1450, 1600, and 2300 OB and Peds clinicals. (Psych is different.)
Stethoscope, Pen light, bandage scissors, hemostat, couple pens, Sharpie marker, small notebook. This is the stuff I'd have on my person.
In my backpack I'd have a couple folders that had some different things in it. Case studies, and any care plans to be turned in. Occasionally I'd have a textbook in there too.
I've never bothered bringing any physical reference books. For one you don't really have any time to look at them. Second every hospital that I've been at has had some sort of drug look up application as part of their computer system that we could use if we needed to.
Everyone feels nervous prior to starting nursing school, EVERYONE. It's easy to fail out if you don't show up for class and don't do any of the work, but if you show up, pay attention, participate in class, and do the readings it is really hard to fail. Is it hard? Yeah, but if it was easy everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. (To quote Jimmy Dugan.) Expect to feel like holy **** what did I get myself into for about the first 5 weeks give or take. Then everything starts to slow down for you. That's how it was for me.
- Jul 30, '12 by purplcavWhere do you keep your backpack? What about a lunch break? Does it depend on the site? My friend said you get maybe 15 mins here or there and not to plan on eating. I have an eating schedule. Should I carry granola in my pocket?
Scott - thank you so much for your detailed reply. I really appreciate that!Last edit by purplcav on Jul 30, '12 : Reason: addition
- Jul 30, '12 by ScottE,RNUsually you put your stuff in the break room or where ever the staff puts their stuff.
My 1450 clinical was scheduled from 7:00am to 1:30pm Typically we would try to be off the floor by 12:30. We'd then go down to the cafeteria for lunch/post conference. Unfortunately the floor we were on was generally slammed and we rarely if ever got off the floor before 1:00, but we still did gather in the cafeteria for lunch and post conference.
Each semester thus far we have been provided time for some sort of lunch. At least the clinical groups I have been a part of have.
Also this final semester I'm going to switch it up and ditch the notebook and roll with this 4 patient "report sheet" that I found and a clipboard. It's high time I got a little more organized instead of writing things down in my chicken scratch notebook.
- Jul 31, '12 by purplcavmy friend recommended an enclosable like clipboard. Would you recommend that for first semester clinicals? or would that be to heavy/bulky to carry around?
Can you give me more info regarding 1450 clinicals and its first few weeks of being in the hospital? Like will we be standing around and observing mostly, or will we be in the thick of things? Making beds, feeding patients, etc?
Dont we have to "test out" in lab to make a bed or feed before doing it in the hospital?
- Jul 31, '12 by ScottE,RNSome folks use a clipboard that has has a compartment in it. Most of the time the clipboards hide out inside the pull down shelves in the hallways.
Usually the first day or two are what I'll call "clinical orientation" basically you fill out whatever forms the facility requires, you might have to watch a quick power power point and answer a few questions, and you'll also probably get some electronic medical records training on the actual computers, only you won't be looking at active medical records just "test ones."
After your first day or two you basically jump in and start doing basic nursing aid functions. Although this sort of depends on your instructor. My group pretty much was doing everything the day after orientation. All basic care, bed, bath, toileting, vital signs, and our group was even doing head to toe assessments and putting them into the computer with our instructor really early in the semester.
I don't think you'll be tested out on basic skills, other than when you do it on an actual patient. Most of the stuff is fairly easy and hard to screw up.
- Sep 19, '12 by vlangeLee J A, I am an LPN taking classes at Lakeland Community college for their LPN to RN. Lakeland shoves their LPNs into the daytime program at Lakeland and I now need to go in the evening or the weekends. I work 9a to 330p each week day, off on weekends and the summer. (school nurse). On tri-c's website some nursing classes say "evenings start at 2:30p" is this true? what does this mean? is the program out of reach for me? any info is appreciated. I am so frustrated trying to find a reliable program that works with my schedule
- Sep 19, '12 by AssociateDegreeThe reason the website says that "evenings start at 2:30 p.m." has to do with the availability of clinical sites. Notice that the evening/weekend program is referred to as a "modified evening/weekend program" for just that reason. While lectures will generally start at 5 p.m., clinicals may start 2-2 1/2 hours earlier. Tri-C does offer clinicals on the weekend, though, but they may start anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m.
- Sep 20, '12 by vlangeThank you so much for the info. I am willing to go to clinicals anytime on Saturday and Sunday. I am meeting with an advisor next week.
- Sep 20, '12 by AssociateDegreevlange,
One clarification: In N2300, students probably won't be able to find a clinical that is all Saturday and Sunday. In that course, students rotate from OB to peds to psych. every 5 weeks and it's highly likely that one of those rotations will be during the week.
- Sep 20, '12 by vlangeThank you for the update. I am really starting to loose hope. I love my job, yet want to get my RN. I wish it weren't this difficult. if N2300 is offered in the summer I can do it anytime. if not then I have to sacrifice this and may as well just finish at Lakeland. Unless they can accept me for this spring 2013... I have all of the prereqs done from Lakeland. Still need to take the hesi a2 test and submit a background check. Do you think it's possible I could start the transition courses in the spring?