failed clincials...done for the semester (long post) - page 2
I posted previously that I had been placed on a clinical action plan on April 17th with only 3 clincial days left in the semester and today I was told that I still wasn't functioning on the level of... Read More
Apr 25, '07I'm really sorry to hear about this....I'm finishing up my second semester and there's no way still that I can hang an IVPB or get the insulins straight...we haven't actually been through the diabetes-type stuff yet and those pumps and all the figuring out what gets hung where and when makes my head spin ....I am ever so grateful to have a CI who understands and has verbalized many times to us that we're only second semester students.....
I'm getting an internship for 6 weeks this summer and I'm really hoping that the intense exposure full-time without classroom work to worry about will help cement a lot of what I've been taught so far and help to perhaps get a jump on next year....
Perhaps a job in a hospital would be helpful for you? Or a volunteer position just to do some networking?!?!
I am really sorry for your experience and wish you the best....I get really aggravated reading how some of these instructors seem to spend more time weeding through people instead of offering them a helping hand to be great nurses....
Apr 25, '07I'm really sorry to hear this...I'm almost 3/4 of the way thru an LPN program, and have hung IV bag ONE time. Never a IVPB, even though I put that as goal on my papers every week.
Some skills, such as pumps, take a while to get down pat, since they require dexterity and close attention to the steps. I agree with going to a skills lab somewhere if you can, and trying to look at the situation as positively as you can. Keep your head up, and keep your self respect high. If this is what you really want to do, you will.
Apr 25, '07I am so sorry this has happened to you. It has been awhile since I was in school so I am not familiar with what competances are needed each semester but I would not listen to the "you need to consider a different career". My first job out of nursing school I was in a similar situation and I was placed under a microscope as they tried to find a reason to get rid of me. This caused me to make mistakes and when I did leave they told me that I should look for employment in a different field (these were very small mistakes, my license etc was never in jepordy). Luckily I did not listen to them, I learned from my mistakes, started over and now I have been a nurse for almost 10 years and a PNP for over 2 years and am doing very well and quite competent. I was the top in my class in grad school. I actually saw one of the nurses from that old unit when she came to do a guest lecture in grad school and she about fell out of her chair when she saw me. You can do this!!! Keep your chin up!
Apr 25, '07That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. I would be devastated, then furious. Print your post out and go see the head of the program. What ever happened to guiding you along? None of my instructors have been like that. Screw her!
Head up! Come back next semester. Get that wench fired!
Apr 25, '07You may not need any advice, but if you are open to that, I say get a job as a nurse tech. You will be able to do all of that in your sleep after a few months, hand PB's, accucheck, all that stuff. It will not make you nervous any more. You could only work 1 shift a week and that would be enough. It doesn't have to be a big committment.
Apr 25, '07If this is really your dream then don't let your CI destroy it!! In the clincal setting you are still learning and the right thing for the CI to do what have been to show you the right way to do it so next time you would be more comfortable and know how to do; also she seems intimidating which just adds anxiety to the situation. DON'T GIVE UP!!
Apr 26, '07In Ped's I forgot to unclamp my piggyback 2 times in a row, I did everything else perfect. "Are you forgetting something?" I just looked and got it, but did it again. Then, on the third piggyback for my patient in one day I go to unclamp it and make a joke to my instructor, and we all laughed. I told her "I will never forget to unclamp ever again." In nursing, you kinda learn in the beginning from mistakes. They are suppose to be standing over you and walking you thru it. The meanest CIs I had were in the beginning.
But, it does sound like you need more time in the lab. I took alot of supplies from the lab home with me and I would stand in my shower hanging IV's, because I was so nervous I would screw it up. My first IM shot, I studied sites and stuck an orange and aspirated a bunch of times, just so I got the motions down. Whenever you hang a IV, just stand there and stare......is it dripping?
Retract and look at it as a way to get more experience. If it is what you want to do, then stick with it. There is nothing wrong with failing a class. It happens. Good luck to you....you'll be fine next time.
Apr 26, '07I would get a job as a nurse tech for the summer if I were you. I wish I had done that during school. You will learn a lot of skills and most importantly; how to set priorities, what to report and assessment of patients. Being in the nursing environment makes a huge difference in becoming socialized to think and act like a nurse. The students in my class that worked did much better in clinical and even more importantly, they had made connections for jobs upon graduation. I plan to work one more year before going for my BSN because I feel strongly that work experience is a huge advantage when it comes to getting through clinicals. I had two very tough clinical teachers, one had myself and other students in tears on the way home on more than one instance. Keep going, you have already invested a lot, don't give it up.
Apr 26, '07I am sorry to hear this happened to you. It seems that she did have it out for you. Unfortunately she is in a position of "power" and that sometimes gets to peoples heads. If you rub them the wrong way, they can do anything to get rid of you.
Dont give up, reapply next term, try to get a different CI if you can, and just do youre best to get better at your skills. Im 3rd term LPN student and I have done two PEG feeings prior to today. First one was learning, second I flew through. However I have been doing specialty for 2 weeks now.. and those two PEG feedings/meds I have done were rusty in my head. So today I went through it, and it was a process to say the least.
People can freeze up, it happens to anyone! Dont let it get you depressed. Just dust yourself off and try again!
- the dreamer
Apr 26, '07maybe your ci has forgotten what it is like to be a student?
when i first read your post, i wasn't very sympathetic. they really did seem, at first, to be "basics."
however, i changed my mind after i thought about it. i remember forgetting a few roller clamps on secondary meds. and i distinctly remember being afraid of/confused on piggy-backs when the patient didn't have maintenence fluids running. i remember hanging an antibiotic when in orientation with my preceptor. my preceptor was also the charge nurse, and while the antibiotic was running, something happened that caused the charge nurse to become "otherwise occupied." when the antibiotic was finished and started to beep, i didn't have a clue what to do, and i was very intimidated. i had to get another nurse on the unit to flush it for me.
some things that are second nature to experienced nurses are not so easy to students/new nurses, and we need to remember that.
my primary job is inserting piccs. i was putting one into a patient a few weeks ago, and two students asked if they could watch. no problem -- i love to teach. i was setting everthing up, and the one student said to the other "wow -- look how comfortable she is with sterile technique." it made me laugh -- i've put in over 1,000 piccs. i certainly hope i'm comfortable with sterile technique by now! i'd be in big trouble if i wasn't. but poor sterile technique is something i got "dinged" on in nursing school. i failed the initial skills lab "sterile dressing change," and when i didn my "make up" in clinical, i didn't do well, either (my instructor made a whole list of things -- that i have since put out of my mind -- that i did wrong.) it is a wonder that i passed my second semester.
my point is that this was one day in your nursing career, and it is not necessarily representative of your abilities. some things take time to become second nature. practice as much as you can, and good luck.