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Picking Clinical Sites

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by NuggetsHuman NuggetsHuman (Member)

NuggetsHuman works as a clinical social worker.

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We have the option in our program of selecting our clinical sites provided we are in good standing with academics and financial obligations.

If you had the option to choose between the following types of sites for your first hands-on clinical site, what would you choose and why?

-inpatient rehab
-inpatient veteran's home
-long term skilled nursing home
-hospital affiliated with long term nursing home
-inpatient hospital

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I'm going to guess this is for your first semester but please correct me if I'm wrong.

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WhaleTails has 1 years experience.

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It depends what skills you're allowed to practice as a first semester student. Are you passing meds? Just doing fundamentals like vitals, hygiene, etc?

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J.Adderton has 20 years experience as a MSN.

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I like the idea of inpatient rehab.  You will have an opportunity to practice basic skills but still be exposed to treatments and working with interdisciplinary team.

I also think the veterans home would be a good experience.

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My program's first clinical placement was in a nursing home. It was a really good experience if you don't have any: you learn some basic skills that will give you confidence later. For instance, how to move people around: in bed, out of bed, etc. It's hard, and you do a lot of it as a nurse. You also get a general sense of how a hospital is run, without having to deal with the acuity or pressure of a hospital. You learn to walk into a room confidently, how to deal with crabby patients, etc. I highly recommend long term care as a first clinical.

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