Hey, all. Well, it's official. Today was our last lab class before clinicals! WHOO HOO!!
So, starting next week, we start going to clinical sites. The catch is: first thing in the morning at the classroom, we have a lab test that is over everything we've done this semester(injections, meds, documentation, systems, safety, Asepsis, Urinary sterile procedures/specimens, common lab tests) Don't know, how many questions but am planning for 75 since test lasts 1 hour.
After that, we have to drive to another LTC facility(not our clinical site) to do a well-elderly interview. Basically, we're assigned one patient to go and talk with them over what they do, what they're there for, teaching, what they plan on doing, how soon they believe they can go home, etc.) I'm actually looking forward to it as I enjoy working with elderly patients and these will be more than your usual assigned LTC residents. They actually volunteer to meet with students.
The only major issue I'm having over ALL of this is that we have only had our clinical instructor ONCE for any part of the class so far. And that was an 1 hour online orientation to coursework! She won't even be there next week for our well-elderly day, we have another instructor(who I love-had her for my CNA). So we won't have her until our clinical site orientation on 10-13, but am hearing horror stories. Very old-school, demeaning, preclinicals expects you to know ALL s/s of different medical dxs, etc.
We recieved a pullout tri-fold of all Clinical skills we will have to show while in clinical, and I can almost see her not answering a question because "you should know already." We got NO explanation over any part of it.
Okay, deep breathing started, and I know I should just relax and wait until clinical starts to see how things will go. I just have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach over it....Anyone else ever feel this way before they started their clinicals? Had an instructor who was similar to mine? Had an instructor that they heard stories about but wasn't that bad?
I just needed to vent and get this out of me so I can concentrate on some other work today. Thanks.