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First clinical day as an NP student tomorrow :)

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Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

First clinical day tomorrow as an NP student (health assessment class). I'll be in a pre-op assessment area. Any advice? I think I have the obvious ones down - be nice, ask questions, don't say "well where I work, that would never happen..." - lol. Little nervous but excited too :)

Barnstormin' PMHNP

Specializes in psychiatric. Has 4 years experience.

No advice really, I have yet to start my clinicals, although I am doing classes right now. Relax, and maybe carry something on which to take notes on things to ask or look up after clinical? Good luck sleeping tonight!

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

No advice really' date=' I have yet to start my clinicals, although I am doing classes right now. Relax, and maybe carry something on which to take notes on things to ask or look up after clinical? Good luck sleeping tonight![/quote']

Thank you. I know I'll get there ridiculously early "just in case." It's a huge campus and I'm not familiar with the area where the pre-procedure center is located. I just want to make sure I eat a good breakfast and stick snacks in my purse. Butterflies .... :)

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Remember it's your first day! All too often my students feel like they need to save the world in their first clinical day and end up not acting like themselves. Relax and be yourself. Focus on differentiating normal from abnormal. And remember to learn!

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Thanks for the advice. I keep thinking that my ED experience is a strength because I meet and assess multiple patients per day. I don't feel that way though. I feel like I'm going to walk in there and start fumbling over my words. It will be like my first clinical experience as a nursing student when I couldn't figure out how to work the dynamap! Oh well - I'll try to take it slow and assess one patient at a time...

lhflanurseNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Nurse Practitioner. Has 40 years experience.

Remember it's your first day! All too often my students feel like they need to save the world in their first clinical day and end up not acting like themselves. Relax and be yourself. Focus on differentiating normal from abnormal. And remember to learn!

Perfect advise. The one thing that got drilled during assessment was to focus on differentiating abnormal from normal. As we were told, write what you see. It helps when you move on and have to begin diagnosing and treating. Good luck and enjoy, you are on the final stretch!

BeezyRN

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks for the advice. I keep thinking that my ED experience is a strength because I meet and assess multiple patients per day. I don't feel that way though. I feel like I'm going to walk in there and start fumbling over my words. It will be like my first clinical experience as a nursing student when I couldn't figure out how to work the dynamap! Oh well - I'll try to take it slow and assess one patient at a time...

How did your first clinical day go?

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

How did your first clinical day go?

Thank you for asking and thank you for all the great advice everyone. It went well. I was there for 10 hours in a very busy, high turn-around preoperative assessment area. My preceptor was cool and gave me a great EKG cheat sheet. My one complaint is that she only wanted me to listen to the patient if there was something abnormal due to time constraints. I would have preferred to listen to everyone. However, I did not argue (good little student that I am - lol) and had more of an observation role. It was my first day and my only day with that NP and I still learned a lot - heard my first carotid bruit.

Congrats

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Just out of curiosity how many days out of the week do u have clinicals and what are ur hours?? I am starting my masters next month and I haven't received my clinical schedule yet.

I did my assessment clinical in a group of students (5 of us I think) with a single preceptor in a busy ED. The preceptor worked upstairs and decided she'd rather go back to work, so we just hung out by ourselves all day and tried to find a patient to talk to. It was a total waste of time, though I did learn something about how an ED works.

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Just out of curiosity how many days out of the week do u have clinicals and what are ur hours?? I am starting my masters next month and I haven't received my clinical schedule yet.

This clinical was only two days (10 hours each) for the whole semester for my health assessment class. I then have some radiology hours (maybe 9 total) and the GU for male/female hours (6). I start my acute care cohort this fall and believe it will be 1-2 days per week.

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

I did my assessment clinical in a group of students (5 of us I think) with a single preceptor in a busy ED. The preceptor worked upstairs and decided she'd rather go back to work, so we just hung out by ourselves all day and tried to find a patient to talk to. It was a total waste of time, though I did learn something about how an ED works.

TammyG, what a letdown. Sorry that happened to you :( I know preceptors can be difficult to find but five students with one preceptor seems a bit ridiculous.

That sucks! we have a limit of 2 students per preceptor.....I hate it when they do that how are we supposed to learn anything! I hope you have better luck in the future and find someone willing to teach!