Thursday, April 9, 2009

1 more clinical day...

Can you believe it, tomorrow is my last clinical day of the semester! Tomorrow I will have finished my clinical experiences for the first two semesters of nursing school. I am so excited. I actually love clinicals, but one more last day means one day closer to graduation.

Today I had my three patients, two of them were post ops, and one was waiting to be discharged on hospice's service. They were good patients, easy patients. I think I'll have all three of them again tomorrow which will be nice, it makes my life a lot easier when I have the same patients again the second day in the week. I am really going to miss this floor, miss these nurses. Today I had a nurse named Teresa and she graduated from SFC's program just last May, so she's a newbie on the floor. She was actually a LPN for something like 12 years before she bridged to get her RN. She's good.

I just don't know how long it is going to take for me to get good. I feel like I am just not there, there is so much for me to do, to learn. My nurse today, pulled up lab values on a patient and she asked me what I saw...I don't freaking know! I was able to identify which lab values were off, but I had no idea which ones mattered. You know some of the lab values can be off by a point or two and it doesn't matter and this patient's sodium was 128, apparently that's a big deal...when will I get it?!?

Tomorrow my focus is going to be on physical assessments, I, if I'm being honest, didn't do a single thorough physical today. I mean I listened to things here and there, changes dressings other places, etc, but never did a head to toe on a single patient. I need to make sure I start getting that done. That is my goal for tomorrow, let's keep our fingers crossed that I start to get my bearings, start to put all the pieces together.


Domestically Disabled Girl said...

You're done!!! CONGRATS! Now, you'd better post and let us know how it went!

Holly said...

I hope your assessments went well. I'm getting close to graduating too, it's scary!