Had first clinical today and am so excited!

  1. My first clinical was today. We got a quick tour of the nursing home and were basically told what our duties would be and any procedures. We had to choose one resident and do a safety assessment on them, which was interesting, as this is a no-restraint, no-lift, no-side rail facility.

    Then we had 3 hours to go around and help nurses and CNAs. Mostly, it was just transferring, learning how to use the Hoyer and Sarah lifts, helping change residents, etc. But then I got to help with a wound vac, and that was pretty cool.

    So it was definately not as bad as I thought it would have been. We're all very excited for next week when we actually get to work more one-on-one with our own resident.

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  3. by   RNsRWe
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    .... as this is a no-restraint, no-lift, no-side rail facility.
    Interesting isn't the word: no side rails?? Never restraints? I imagine these residents must be pretty self-sufficient; is it an assisted living facility rather than a skilled nursing home?

    Regardless, I wish you the best of luck as you begin your nursing journey: it's a wild ride!
  4. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    Whatever the word is, lol, they are now no longer able to use ANY form of restraint. At all. And it is a skilled nursing home, which is kind of surprising to me. But they do have a pretty good fall prevention program in place, such as very low beds, mattresses that are raised on the sides, putting thick, soft mats on the floor next to the beds of high-risk for falls residents. So, hopefully, there is no problems!
  5. by   locolorenzo22
    I understand how oxy-moronic it can seem sometimes. I worked in an MI facility that was "restraint-free". Somedays, you just wished you could put somebody in a geri-chair for their own safety. We had 18-97 year olds, and the older folks were always at risk for falling. Many would get out of bed w/o assistance and fall, crack their head, break an arm, and public health would come after us, even though we couldn't restrain. We did many of the same things(low beds, pads, even one woman we used a helmet for) although she never wore it. And we were partially skilled.
    Go figure, learn quick. Sometimes you have to figure out what will keep someone fall-free w/o using any type of restraint.
    Other than that, sounds like you had a good day. Here's looking forward to mine(10-13)!!