Clinical Tips

  1. Hi there! I can't believe I've made it this far but I start my very first clinical rotation for my Family Nurse Practitioner program in January. As much as I am thrilled, I am also terribly nervous. Any tips? I have my lab coat, pen, paper, pocket drug and assessment guide, stethoscope, pen light and of course a large coffee thermos I should mention also that it will be in an Urgent Care clinic.
    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   FullGlass
    Looks like a good list. You might also want to bring a manual blood pressure cuff, tuning fork, and reflex hammer. I also advise bring your lunch, snacks and water. Good luck!
  4. by   Cococure
    Great post I am in the same boat but I will be doing primary care with a MD. I won't be taking my equipment has each room as the needed equipment. However, I will have my pocket guide for primary care and a laminated pocket card of top 200 meds, these will be my reference. I also asked my preceptor what areas I should be familiar with and she said the basics HTN, diabetes etc but because it will be flu season I really need to pay attention to all the URI. So over break I will be making differential diagnoses for common complaints along with work ups, meds etc. This is help me to brush up on SOAP notes and lastly I will review my videos on health assessment. I am super nervous so I feel the need to prepare at least I won't seem totally lost on most days.
    Good luck
  5. by   TruvyNurse
    I am sort of doing the same!! Brushing up on assessments, reviewing illnesses and meds, and really focusing on the flu!! Lol tis the season very nervous but I'll just take it one day at a time.
  6. by   Cococure
    Truvynurse,
    I am sure we will be beyond nervous I am just praying my preceptor has patience...lol What school are you at? I am at a local university in Ga
  7. by   NurseyMcNurserson
    Be a sponge - just soak it all in and learn, learn, learn!

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