I'm in my senior rotation of critical care and am just curious as to how write ups are before clinical for other programs. When we have clinical on Wed. and Thurs. in an ICU, we go to the hospital on Tues. afternoon to get our assignement and read the chart. That night we have to type up the patho, at least 3 pages and the meds. For the meds we have to list the action, side effects, class, why the pt. is on that med, lab results, and how to monitor effectiveness. This takes forever since a lot of us get up to 17 meds! The next night, we have to write a page on what diet they're on and why, list all of the nursing actions we did the previous day and why, come up with 5 top priority problems and why, and one for the family of the pt. and...why of course. The following day labs are due. We have to look up all abnormal lab values and the ABGs and list why..again. We are so exhausted by the time we come to clinical that we can't function at 6:30 in the morning! We have 4 instructors and 1 of those is "in charge". She's retiring this year and the other instructors have told us that next year they are changing things a lot and not requiring all of this prep-work. So I was just curious if any other programs out there require this too!