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  1. I show up about 15 mins early. Put my stuff away, grab a water or coffee, and spend about 5 mins looking up my pts. Just basic stuff like name, allergies, diagnosis, meds for the night. We are allowed to clock in 5 mins early at my facility.
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    Feeling defeated as a bedside nurse

    Hello, I’ve been a nurse for 7 months at a high acuity, very large teaching hospital. I work in a specialized med/surg unit (infectious disease), however we do get a significant amount of medical overflow. I work 7p-7a, and I am feeling so depressed. Night shift combined with my overall dislike for bedside nursing has begun to make me feel hopeless in finding a career I enjoy. The patient population is very difficult on my unit to say the least. The staff turnover is high on my unit, and the overall staffing is poor. Night shift gets slammed with admissions because day shift clears out the unit. Our unit always fills up by the end of night shift, and we are never staffed properly because at the start of the shift there are always many open beds. It’s not unusual for us to have to take 2-3 admissions each per shift. The other night I was charge for the first time. I was the most senior nurse there (only on my own for 4-5 months). The other 3 nurses were fresh off of orientation. I had no guidance whatsoever. I had no clue how to fulfill the charge nurse responsibilities. I made a mistake that I feel extremely guilty about. Staffing office called to let me know that one of the nurses scheduled for the upcoming day shift was canceled. At 7am this nurse showed up for work, immediately my heart sank. I called the staffing office back, and they told me it was the charge nurse’s responsibility to let the nurse know she was canceled. This nurse was not employed on our unit, so I have no idea how I would’ve been able to contact her in the first place. Thankfully, the nurse was very understanding and helped to try and find a solution, but in the end, I ended up costing our unit 2 hours of pay for travel time for this nurse from our cost center. Ultimately, I’m just searching for advice, looking for a place to vent and see if anyone has had similar experiences. I already struggle greatly with anxiety and depression and being put in a situation where I’m the most senior nurse on the unit makes me have to go into the bathroom and wipe tears off my face.
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    Advise on what to do/whether this is normal

    Senior here in nursing school, at a highly rated nursing school as well. I totally feel for you - especially having to learn most things yourself. I find that the lecture portion of each course is powerpoints that are read word for word from the slides, with very little input from the instructor. Once you begin having clinical experience, you'll start to feel like you're putting your studying to use, and concepts will begin to click with you. At my university, during fundamentals, we had one clinical day dedicated to learning how to write nursing diagnoses and care plans. It was somewhat helpful, but nowhere near gave us an understanding what each clinical instructor expected from us. It is frustrating to have points knocked off left and right for something we were never even taught properly. Hang in there, I promise it gets better. ((Hugs))
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    Clinical Instructor Horror Stories

    My very first clinical of nursing school, I had a terrible instructor. He was knowledgable, but had very poor communication skills, poor time management, and overall was just an intimidating person who became furious at students when they asked questions. My first story about him was I was testing a patient's blood sugar. I opened the cap to the test strip container, and I set the container down on the counter. I inserted the test strip into the accu-check meter, and then I proceeded to close the cap to the test strip container. The instructor was enraged and explained that I let air get into the test strip container too long, and I ruined the rest of the test strips in the container. He threw the rest of the test strips away (what the heck???). Secondly, I missed a day of clinical in the middle of the semester due to a bad case of the norovirus (throwing up every 15 minutes - yikes!). When I returned the next week, it was only the second time I ever passed medications. I had a question about the order in which I was supposed to scan the medications in the computer. He gave me this horrified blank stare and said "You have forgotten everything, and this could be very dangerous to the patient". This was at the patient's bedside and it began to make the patient very uncomfortable and anxious that something was wrong. The instructor and I had already previously prepared the medications, and ensured we had the right drug, right dose, right patient, etc. Later in the day in post-conference the instructor kept mentioning to the rest of my fellow classmates that "[wsunurse14] had forgotten everything" several times. I could go on forever about this instructor, but I won't. What I really want to know is what are your clinical instructor horror stories?
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