First clinicals

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Ok here goes another one of my annoying questions. But i was wondering for the students already in Nursing school, what do you do when you first go to clinical. Not skills wise i mean is there anything special you have to do, before you go.

Bonny619

Bonny619

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Im not sure what you mean, like an orientation day? You'll get one of those. On normal days, I would find my nurse and listen to report and go from there.

veggiegarden

veggiegarden

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I don't really understand the question either.

We had lab days before clinical started, then a day of orientation....*shrugs*

BoonersmomRN

BoonersmomRN

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Do you mean like paperwork?

We didn't have to do any paperwork for our *first* clinical. Actually the *first* day was just an orientation to the unit - it was in LTC. The next day we started on the floor and we just did Am care + assessments.

Works2xs

Works2xs

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Not skills wise i mean is there anything special you have to do, before you go.

You mean after the instructors write "student" on your forehead with a sharpie? J/K...

We spent half a day going over in painful detail what we'd be doing (syllabus-like review), what we were expressly forbidden from doing, how we'd be evaluated, points of contact, etc. etc. Is that the sort of thing you were asking about?

4U2Bblessed

4U2Bblessed

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Get your sleep...you'll need it. If your anything like me...I am a night person and being at the hospital at 6 am was tuff!

Roseyposey

Roseyposey

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Ok here goes another one of my annoying questions. But i was wondering for the students already in Nursing school, what do you do when you first go to clinical. Not skills wise i mean is there anything special you have to do, before you go.
Hours and hours of looking up meds, looking up pathophys, secondary diagnoses, lab values, etc., etc. It gets easier the more you do...thank goodness for cut and paste!
4U2Bblessed

4U2Bblessed

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Wow, you were lucky Mom...our instructors made us hand write everything! :eek:

BoonersmomRN

BoonersmomRN

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We had to hand write everything, too

However for our very 1rst clinical ever...we didn't have to look up meds BEFORE the clinical...or their diagnosis. We didn't find out who we were having until that morning.

ms mimi

ms mimi

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my very 1st day at clinicals we did this scavenger hunt to get familiar with the location. then we would have clinicals 2 days a week and that first day was spent picking a patient, then going thru their charts and writing down all of their info so that we could put it into a careplan. the next day was spent with our patient giving the care that their nurse would give. first you would locate the patients nurse and listen in on the change of shift report. then ask the nurse any ?'s about your patient, then go introduce yourself to the patient. from there pass meds w/ nurse, and take care of patient. after those 2 days we would have to write up a careplan on that patient, given the info we got form the chart and what care we did for them. good luck!

tookewlandy

tookewlandy

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Sorry i was so clear when asking the question, But you all basically answered it for me so thank you for that guys

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