It was suggested that we introduce ourselves to the patient the day before clinical, especially so we can find out if they are going to be discharged so that we can be re-assigned before doing all of the work on the care plan. This is the first week we'll be doing this. Other than saying "hi my name is _____. I'm a student nurse and will be assisting in your care tomorrow", I have no idea what would be the right things to say. I'm trying to have a general idea of what I want/should say so that I can feel a little more confident about going in without having to worry about the right things to say on the spot. I know it may change based on the interaction with the patient. I know I'll want to find out discharge status/plans, if the patient asks for anything to inform the patient's nurse, and not to touch the patient without the clinical instructor on the floor / outside clinical time. Would this be a good time to ask about routines or when they prefer a bed bath / to shower? The first set of vitals are to be done at 7. Should I let them know I'll be around at 7 the following morning for vitals? Am I over thinking this?