I started an LPN program almost a month ago, and while it does have it's challenging points, I must say I have found it to be extremely easy so far. I think I was expecting to be challenged a little more, and I got my self all worried and worked up. I think alot of it being so easy for me has to do with the instructors, my instructors are amazing!
I start clinicals in a about 3 weeks, and that will be my next big obstacle to overcome.. I just hope I come from clinicals with the same confidence! I'm glad I made this decision to go to nursing school, I am looking forward to all the different challenges! I have learned alot in the first month, and my already great appreciation for nurses has grown. You guys are really special people, and not everyone can do what you do!
Any advice for an SPN starting clinicals?? I would gladly welcome any advice!!! Thanks! =)
Sep 2, '06
It's nice to hear that you have had an easy time so far. Sounds like things will get a bit harder as you continue on. Hope you enjoy clinicals.
Sep 2, '06
So far I have found my program fairly easy as well. I have a little over 5 months left and I have been in clinicals since March.
I have found in clinicals to keep your eyes and ears open to EVERYTHING! Watch everything, even if it may not be your responsibility, observe anyway. Be the first one to volunteer, it might seem scary or that you can't do it, but that's why your instructor is there to walk you through whatever you are doing. I never look at anything I am being taught and think 'I can't do that, that's too hard.' I look it and say 'yeah that looks difficult, but I'm going to jump right in and master it.' Be the student who always wants to practice a new skill, I find that my instructors have preferred a student who wants to learn rather than one who just wants to watch.
Unfortunately there will be times when you will run into a few facility nurses who can't stand the sight of a student nurse. As if they were never students themselves, and they may even try to treat you like crap or feel it's their duty to put you through their paces. Stay away from them, these people are few and far between. There will always be another nurse who is more than willing to help and share their knowledge, cling to them and learn as much as you can. Hope that helps, and good luck in clinical, you should be fine. Don't forget to ask for help when you need it, also important.