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ck12 has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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  1. I am a BSN clinical instructor at a busy teaching hospital, but I am also an FNP student. I have a unique perspective on how to manage clinicals during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to guide students! My students are so inspiring through their compassion, initiative, and desire to learn. Nursing students are helping care for patients in the middle of this pandemic alongside the healthcare workers. I would like to share some tips on how to be successful during clinicals during COVID-19, as inspired by myself and my wonderful students. How To Be Successful During Clinicals During COVID-19 STEP 1. Protect yourself and your patients Notice how this is worded, protecting yourself comes first. As nurses and students, we are terrible at this! We think of everyone else before we think of our needs, but this must change if we are to practice healthy sustainable nursing. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and encourage others to do the same. Policies are constantly changing so keep up to date with the latest guidelines and lead by example by practicing strict handwashing and mask-wearing. Avoid touching your face during the day and if you do, immediately wash your hands! Imagine the virus is directly on your fingertips as you go about your day. The COVID-19 pandemic has begun to develop into a mental health crisis. Between the social distancing measures, canceling of events, and fear of infecting loved ones, nursing students are just as much at risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression as frontline workers. Check in on yourself, friends, and fellow nursing students. With all the fear and uncertainty in the world, I have found that practicing daily gratitude helps me reframe my thinking to focus on positive things happening in my life. At the end of the day try to come up with 10 things you are grateful for. This is hard! It took practice to be able to reach ten. Practice this before you go to bed to help you process the day and relax your racing mind by focusing on all the good that happened in the past day. STEP 2. Practice these behaviors Not only will these behaviors help you be successful in clinical, but it will also help you succeed as a nurse! Hint: These are great attributes to report as strengths in a job interview. Flexibility: This is the name of the game when it comes to being a nursing student during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the constantly changing policies to the last-minute simulations instead of clinicals, being adaptable is so important. As a nurse, you are constantly adapting and shifting priorities in your shift, so practicing this now as a student will make you even more prepared as a nurse. Try to let go of all the things you cannot control: your clinical assignment, the closing of hospitals to students, the simulation lab, etc. Your goal is to become a nurse, focus on what you have to do to get there. Initiative: I constantly hear that students feel they do not get to do enough in clinical. Seek out opportunities, ask to help, and do what you can on your own. Some students think they are above bed baths and helping patients to the bathroom and answer call lights. Volunteer to help and the nurses will be more likely to take you along when a cool procedure is about to occur or ask you to help put in an NG tube, foley, or IV. You are free to do assessments on your own. You do not have to wait for the nurse’s permission! Ask the patient if you can do an assessment on them. The more hearts and lungs you listen to the more likely you are to pick up on small abnormalities. Adopt a learning mentality: Being a nursing student and a new nurse is NOT EASY. Accept that you will not always have the answers and take the opportunity of being a student to ask tons of questions. Look up medications, labs, and diagnoses you are unsure of. Reflect on what you would do differently than your patient’s nurse or what you did during the day but be kind to yourself. Your main job right now is to learn. So, for every area of improvement you identify in yourself try to come up with two strengths. Communication: Are you sick of hearing about therapeutic communication yet? But it is that important! During the COVID-19 pandemic, your patients are scared and lonely. Ask them questions about what they like to do, their spiritual and religious beliefs, and how you might make their care better. Always keep the patient at the center of everything you do. You may not have all the answers or solutions to their concerns, but actively listening makes them feel heard and seen. It works in the real world! Offering help where and when you can and then asking questions shows the staff you are engaged. I have had a student offered a job for his outstanding performance in clinical and these were some of the traits he showed every day.
  2. Hey everyone, Just reaching out to see if anyone is or knows a nurse practitioner in peds primary care who would be interested in precepting a student for Fall (September-December) of 2019 in the Louisville, KY area? This will be my third rotation. I have previously completed an adult primary care rotation, family health clinical rotation, and women's health. I am enrolled at the University of Arkansas FNP program. I currently work in an inpatient pediatric rehab facility and worked on a peds surgical unit for 2 years prior to this. I just recently moved to Kentucky so I have not established many outpatient contacts yet! Any advice and leads is also appreciated :) thanks
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    still getting my feet wet

    You will get there. You're doing all the right things. Everyone asks questions. MUCH better to ask questions than to be unsure and potentially cause patient harm. Nursing skills can be learned and taught, but compassion and caring can't. Think of three great things you do in a shift for every negative, but reflect on how you would have liked to do things better and then tackle that the next shift. It was about 8 months when I started to feel comfortable. One day at a time and you've got this!
  4. Being a new nurse is SO hard! But you have to give yourself a break. Give yourself at least one year in your current position. I used to do a quick review in the car ride home of all the good things I did at work and the things I would have liked to do better. I also made a conscious effort to process emotions before walking in the door (before taking out on loved ones). Hang in there and it will get better. If after 6 more months you don't like it then consider switching and you will have a year under your belt, which looks better than 6 months. Also, consider taking a few days off to help relax.
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    Difficulty Level: ABSN vs NP school

    The timeline of an ABSN program is just insane! As an NP student, I can tell you it is not as "difficult" as undergrad was for me, but that's because you already kinda speak the language. In NP school you're learning a new role and information needed to complete that new role to the best of your ability (advanced pharmacology, clinical practice guidelines, advanced skills and assessments, etc). The difficulty is finding enough time in the week to work full time, take 3 classes, and complete 16-20 hours of clinical. But since you completed an ABSN program you probably have excellent time management skills that will certainly help you in NP school.
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    Dilemma: FNP or AGNP -final semester

    I'm an FNP student currently and completely relate to the preceptor struggle, especially those specialties! If you aren't passionate about peds or womens health and those are causing the most headache, switch. If you would only want a career in adult primary care I would say you'd be just as marketable, if not more so, than an FNP student.
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    Getting ghosted by my preceptor

    I agree with above posts. As a current NP student I understand the struggle with preceptors, but this is too important for her to not address. Call and email her, but if there's still nothing I would go to the clinic. Is this a preceptor the school assigned to you? If so, I would definitely contact the school after calling and emailing.
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    UF BSN to DNP Fall 2016

    UF requires a GRE score
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    UF BSN to DNP Fall 2016

    I applied to the FNP track!
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    Learning anatomy terms

    As a student in anatomy now, the sooner you can start the better. Coloring books can be helpful if you're a visual learner! I would recommend just spending a little time each day going over it. That really adds up and will help you a lot. There are also some great youtube videos that help you learn the difference between left and right bones! Best of luck
  11. There are an increasing amount of hospitals "phasing out" nurses with associate degrees, meaning employers want you to already have a bachelors degree or go back to school for one. I understand your hesitation, but heading on the bachelors path will be more beneficial to you whether you decide to be a nurse or not.
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    Standing out on a resume

    Hello everyone! I am currently a pre-nursing student, fortunately already admitted into the nursing school. I've heard in some areas it can take months to find a job after graduating. Therefore, I am looking for any suggestions on programs, activities, and aspects in general to get involved with that can enhance a BSN resume. Thank you!