Hey, I'm in my first semester of Nursing School
on the Generic Entry RN track.
Tomorrow is our first clinical date! I'm really excited and terrified, just like everyone else.
I've heard that many nurses at the hospital I'll be at have the "Eat our young" mentality. I can handle that.
My first day will be in PACU and I was hoping to get an idea of what I would be doing.
I've only been checked off on vitals and bedside assessment. Since we haven't done meds, IVs, etc, I can't do any of that yet. Will I just be assessing and monitoring people all day? My instructor said we'd be assigned one person and take care of them all day, but unless its a serious surgery, most pts and discharged within a few hours?
The only time I've been near a PACU was after I had surgery, and I just vaguely remember it. Next thing I knew, I was back in my Pre-Op room.
So anyways, I was wondering if ya'll PACU nurses might give me an idea of what to expect, and either assuage or exacerbate my fears.