Published Oct 12, 2004
What do you do when you are sick? I've been blessed that I've not gotten sick really since school started in January. This weekend I got sick, luckily it was not a clinical weekend though. I was supposed to do a Denver II assessment on two kids this weekend, I did one but not the other because I was feeling yucky. I didn't go to work today but will be going tomorrow because I also have school tomorrow night and need to go.
Just wondering how youa ll handle being sick? I know that some of my classmates missed last clinical b/c they had this yuck and we are on mother/baby so they didnt' need to be around newborns or postpartums like that.
I've been blessed and have only missed one day of class since January. Don't wanan start now! :):)
Altra, BSN, RN
Classed missed due to illness can probably be worked out with your instructor. Clinicals can be tougher to make up. If you're not able to do an additional clinical day then there may be a lengthy, nasty assignment for you to do as a substitute - that's how it is at my school. It's unpleasant enough that we make sure we eat our Wheaties and take our vitamins. :chuckle
Yeah I agree LOL!!!! I'm not sure how they work out the clinical things here. I am hoping to never miss a clinical...:):) Wishful thinking I'm sure!!!!
I definately take my vitamins (on most days HAHAHAHA!)
not now, RN
I was sick one day of clinical. I came to class anyway since I was on med cart that week and didn't have constant contact with patients. The only restriction I had was I couldn't administer an injection to a cancer patient because he had a compromised immune system.
I wouldn't miss a lecture day unless I was on my deathbed. We can only miss 10% of a lecture module. Some modules are only six lecture days long meaning 10% isn't much and it wouldn't be worth it.
I was sick last week and went to clinicals. I wore a mask when dealing with my pt. and washed my hands more often than usual (instead of just using alcohol gel). It just depends on the school, what your doing in clinicals, and what kind of condition your pt is in . :) Right now I am more worried about upcoming flu season. Since there is a shortage on vaccines they are restricting who can get them. I understand that health care workers who have direct contact can get one. So my stupid question is do we as nursing students qualify for the shot since we have pt contact? I just really really don't want to catch the flu and miss all that classs! Just curious if anyone else was wondering the same thing?
Clincals are mandatory so I just go despite the fact that I'm sick. It's too much of a hassel for me to go and make arrangements afterwards with my instructor. I think in the end, it really depends on how sick I am and whether or not I have to see patients ... still, I would just suck it up for one day and just go to class.
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