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How are you doing clinicals in the time of Covid 19?

Specializes in psych,maternity, ltc, clinic.

Dear Students,

Wondering if you are still able to do clinicals during this time, and if not, is this delaying your graduations?  Best of luck to all of you. It's a strange time to be entering medicine. Or to be in it at all!

madisonlong17, RN

Specializes in RN.

I cannot speak for other students as I recently graduated, but we finished out the year doing clinical in the hospital after suffering with online clinical. It was amazing being back on the floor. It did not delay graduation for me at all, in fact it was at the drive in and we had a blast! 

debi49

Specializes in psych,maternity, ltc, clinic.

So Madison, Have you taken your boards? Have you found a job ? What does a job search look like in this time?  I have had the same job for about 15 years and will most likely retire from here, so have no idea what current job searchs look like....especially at this time.

madisonlong17, RN

Specializes in RN.

Hi Debi!

I take my boards in 9 days so I'm super nervous. I got a job back in may with the step down ICU! For my school and hospital, the job search hasn't changed. We apply around march and then we do interviews. I have no idea if it changed anywhere else and I hope not! That would be awful waiting in suspense. 

With my school, students at some of the campuses/sites went back to doing clinicals at hospitals and LTC facilities this Summer. My campus wasn't one of them; we're still doing virtual clinicals right now. My campus will resume normal clinicals in the fall, which will be my final semester. I'm glad because I was hoping to have normal clinical for the last med-surg.

I am in the NJ/PA area and hospitals are not letting students in at the moment. This is my last semester so I can say what they will be doing in the fall. My class end August 4, so no delay in graduating 🙂
 

Clinical’s are online and have been since March, with a combination of virtual simulations, essays, videos, quizzes, care plans and we meet via ZOOM for pre and post conferences with our clinical group and clinical professor. 

Though the school is doing the best they can , to provide us with relevant information and “real life” clinical experiences, there is nothing like being in the actual clinical setting. Especially with critical care! In my opinion, there is no online assignment that can be given to better prepare me to be a nurse, because I need to be on the actual floor! Ughhhhh but that’s COVID for you LOL 

wish me luck! 

I was able to graduate even though my clinicals went virtual for the last few months of my program. 
I did not get to have a preceptorship so that sucked. But at least the program is over. It’s a very odd time to enter healthcare

11 hours ago, Michellestudentnurse said:

I was able to graduate even though my clinicals went virtual for the last few months of my program. 
I did not get to have a preceptorship so that sucked. But at least the program is over. It’s a very odd time to enter healthcare

I have a question for you, if you don't mind. Do you know what the preceptorship generally would have been like had you been able to do one? I've heard about preceptorships, but we ASN students don't do those. Just curious.

On 7/15/2020 at 12:37 PM, HopefulNursePeach said:

I have a question for you, if you don't mind. Do you know what the preceptorship generally would have been like had you been able to do one? I've heard about preceptorships, but we ASN students don't do those. Just curious.

yes, the student will be paired with one nurse and for the duration of the preceptorship, the student will work with that nurse on the same unit and will follow that nurse's scheduled hours. This allows the student the opportunity to kind of get an immersion experience of a unit that they may be interested in. Unlike with normal clinical rotations, you most likely won't see your classmates during a preceptorship and your clinical instructor may only drop in check on you occasionally. 

5 hours ago, Michellestudentnurse said:

yes, the student will be paired with one nurse and for the duration of the preceptorship, the student will work with that nurse on the same unit and will follow that nurse's scheduled hours. This allows the student the opportunity to kind of get an immersion experience of a unit that they may be interested in. Unlike with normal clinical rotations, you most likely won't see your classmates during a preceptorship and your clinical instructor may only drop in check on you occasionally. 

oh I see. I was wondering how the instructors supervise preceptorships. thanks!

Arriss

Specializes in Pediatrics.

Hello, 

I’m in a DNP program, with the COVID pandemic I was unable to get a preceptor and a practice site which delayed my progress moving forward. The school did not care offered no assistance and the the program administrators removed me from the program four classes to the end. I had no control over this situation. Money and time wasted.

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