Quote from earle58
so we all walked together.
I miss the comraderie of nursing school. There's just nothing quite like it.
My clinicals were 6-10 weeks each (not necessarily in this order):
-LTC, we worked in a SNF 6 weeks into our program and then a combination SNF/rehab facility later on in the program.
-med/surg (one "beginners" one "advanced" at two different hospitals)
-OB, larbor and deliver and postpartum and nursery. We had a project during this rotation that took me personally to the county milk bank. I spent a day with the RN director. REALLY amazing and interesting! I also visited an RN who was a director of a county run high school for teenage girls with babies. I also went on a home visit with an RN from a mother-newborn wellness program.
-Pediatrics which included 6 weeks acute and 6 weeks in a wonderful residential place that had kids who needed around the clock care. Some of the little ones were there to give mom and dad a break for a week or two. They were vent-dependent or had trachs, almost all had feeding tubes. There were kids who had such exotic problems - I will NEVER forget my hydrocephalic little guy. It was just a really good experience. The nurses were outstanding and under their watchful eye they allowed the students to run the show. They were absolute professional experts! I can't say enough good about this place.
-Psych, both acute inpatient and chronic residential. I LOVED this clinical, especially the acute portion. My most memorable patients were an extremely manic 21 year old bipolar, an 18 year old young man who was experiencing his first break after taking ectasy, a schizophrenic young woman who actually opened up to me and told me about the "voices," a woman in her mid forties whose teenage son was killed in a car accident a year prior and she was suffering MAJOR depression with suicidal ideology, and a poor unfortunate young Asian woman with a tramatic past who was in seclusion - she was catatonic and she would continuously walk around her room "swimming." Non stop.
-Perceptorship that included 120 hours of working 1:1 with an RN in our choice of practice. I personally chose ICU and worked in the ICU of a VA hospital.
Also during our program if there was anything
we wanted to observe our instructors were very good about setting something up for us. While there were standards of what we HAD to complete, we could do and see as much as we wanted to. I observed 3 general surgeries during med/surg, and a c-section in OB, first time I saw an RN use a defibrillator was during an observational in a CCU and I got to check out the Cath Lab and hang out with an RT for a day. All of this focus on what I was interested in really helped when it came time to apply for that first job!
Everything was very close to home for me. Some people who lived farther away had much more travel.
Wow, long post. Thanks for helping me bring back those memories! My daughter just applied to the same school I went to. I can't wait for her to go through this awesome experience!