a pcs runs like this and this is a basic time table
30 minutes in planning
1 hour- 1 hour and 30 minutes in implementation
30 minutes to complete the evaluation phase
a pcs is a total of 2.5 hours start to finish.
the ce will review the pt assignment kardex and then mark the start time. students then have the 2.5 hours to read the chart information write the care plans, highlight the forms, make the grid, complete the time in the room for implementation and complete all the narrative charting, the evaluation form of the priority problem and finish the fluid management sheet.
2.5 hours seems like a long time, but i promise it will fly by and students are wishing they had more time. don’t waste time!
30 minutes in the planning phase to: read the pertinent chart information, write 2 relevant care plans to get them in the room, make a grid with all the mnemonics, and highlight their pcs form.
the implementation phase is the time spent in the room and should be approximately 1 hour.
then there is a 30 minute bumper… in case something goes wrong, or you spend a few extra minutes in planning…. figure this 30 minutes as 15 minutes for something to go wrong and 15 minutes to fix it
and then a student will have 30 minutes in the evaluation phase to complete the charting, evaluation page and the fluid management page of the pcs packet.
and for your own sake…. don’t think a quiet place will be provided to chart…most times the ce puts students at the nurses station with the phones ringing and people talking. if…and only if you have a nice ce and if there is a quiet place available for you to chart….consider yourself lucky
hope this helps :)