Question about weird clinical hours - page 2

I'm in fundamentals and health assessment so we are at the SNF and my school wants the students to go to the SNF the day before our clinical days to pick a patient and do a write up. Is this the way... Read More

  1. by   Hygiene Queen
    We were expected to come in the day before and do our research.

    We had to complete paperwork regarding the pt's demographics, h&p, labs, meds, patho and orders.We had to pull it all together and complete care maps and care plans.

    Only in our last rotation were we expected to come in "cold".

    If you are instructed to come in the day before, you should do it.

    Yes, it takes away from your life, but it's part of learning and it holds value.

    Take advantage of the fact that you have a night to prepare.

    Also, sometimes your pt may leave or die after all the hard work and lack of sleep you endured the night before. You come in and find this happened and think, "Crap! All that work for nothing!"

    But that's not entirely true.

    You still learned something from it.

    That's a good thing.
  2. by   sarahlee23
    We had to do this for my med-surg and peds clinicals. The only difference was that our clinical instructor went in before we got there and assigned us patients. So we usually didn't run into the problem of having our patient discharged before we had clinical. And our instructor told us what time our patient assignment would be available, so we could go to the hospital then. For my SNF clinicals, we weren't assigned patients until we got there for our first day of clinical, but we had the same patient for a semester and weren't giving meds and everything right away for those clinicals. I liked going in early to get all the information so that it was fresh in my mind when I went into clinical. Especially the meds as I've always had a hard time keeping them straight.