Hey everyone! I had my first day of clinicals yesterday on an Ortho/Neuro floor. It wasnt that bad, although I didnt sleep a wink the night before. Now mind you, I have no PREVIOUS medical experience, (come from the corporate world) other than what I've learned so far in nursing school. Anyway, there were 2 student nurses paired up with a senior student nurse and we all shared our 2 patients. I gave two insulin injections, took vitals, listened to one patient's heart and actually heard a heart murmur and stated that, assisted with a bedbath, changed linen, helped positioned and turned one patient, did a sure step blood glucose on both patients, and just had very good patient interaction. Although our patients were very ill, they were grateful we were there to assist them. One patient even stated that he know we are students and to relax and we'll be ok and do just fine and this guy had +4 pitting edema in both legs as well as his scrotum (sp) was in a lot of pain and still had a sense of humor!
It's experiences like this that make me realize I choose the correct path. I am so grateful to these patients for understanding we are also trying to learn and they were willing to allow us to learn.
Can't wait until next semester!