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Clara Barton: I…

Clara Barton: I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.

Fitting for veterans day. 

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Block two schedule!!

Block two schedule!!

We recieved our block two schedule about a month ago. EXCITING!!!

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Just want to touch base on the clinical expeireance, and offer some advice. For us clinicals is twelve long hours. We are partnered up and go from there. We are assigned nurses and hallways. Make the best of it, even if you are a nursign student your priority is still patient care so do a littel CNA work. Don’t be too proud to help the CNAS. Most of us are CNAS now during nursing school so we know how it feels to be completely over loaded with work. Nothing makes our shift go by faster then getting HELP.  As for us , we arrive at 545am and leave at 615pm. Get a good nights rest PLEASE! I am not able to sleep more then three hours before this as my work schedule doens’t allow it, but my day would go by so much better if i had more sleep. Second please eat breakfast, get a coffee, get something in your belly. Pack a lunch, a large lunch with snacks . We go out for lunch, but there are still opportunities your going to want to take to have snacks and just a bite to eat. As for us we have a skills check list that we need to work through, opportunities to get things signed off when our isnructor watches us do. I have found its best to have the instructors cell phone number, and I simply text her when and what I will be doing, and that way she will simply be there at that time, you don’t have to waste any time searching for her. Theres alot of students, a large building and lots of bodies….make it easier on yourself.

Some supplies you shall need. Pens, black, red and a pretty color ( for notes). Of course a good stethescope is necessary . Along with a pen light ( yes you will actually use this). I had a patient fall, and needed neuro checks for a while…that pen light would of come in hand; I used my phone light, but the pen would of been much better. You will need scissors. Might as well invest in a good pair of trauma shears. You will need to cut packages open, cut dressings off and such.  Of course a good watch with a second hand is invaluable. The most important thing to take to clinicals with you is a good pair of nursing shoes!!!!! Your feet will thank you. Might want to get some pressure stockings as well to help with vericose veins.

There will be some downtime, if your not busy doing nursing stuff, or care plans you should bring some busy work that you can do to look busy. I suggest note cards for an upcoming exam or such. You can just stand in the corner somewhere and look at your note cards.

Keep a positive additude, help out when  you can, offer to help anyone at anytime and always take the opportunity to learn something new or do something. I personally will go through the orders for the day and see what would be good to do, ask the nurses if they will save it for me..and tell my instructor about it. Clinicals is a good learning expierance, the time will drag while you are there for the day..but the weeks will fly by. Embrace it.

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Week 13

We face week 13 ahead. We now have two more exams and a final, and three more weeks of clinicals. I embraced the clinical setting as much as i could, but didn’t really enjoy it too much. I learned a little, but not enough to feel fulfilled. I look forward to new and different things. We are now on with a different instructor as well, this makes the third so far this semester. I don’t really like that, and don’t like we have different versions of testing and such to change with .

On an exciting note, so we all know this is the LPN program . Two semesters then you qualify to get into block three, and finish the last two semesters to graduate with an RN. I orginally chose this program to avoid the almost four year wait to get into the RN program directly throught eh community college. I waited one semester to get into the LPN, and some people didn’t wait at all. You aren’t gaurenteed to get into third block, but if you test well  you should get in. They said that last two semesters noone who wanted and was ready to get into third block, was denied and they all got in rigth away. Well in class on thursday they asked us who all was interested into going directly into third block because if they have enough people who are interested they will open a third block JUST FOR US! I am super excited about that, itd be great. My goal,and a very attainable goal is to get my Associates in nursing debt free. If i continue throught the community college to get my rn I will continue to be able to pay out of pocket and gradute without having to owe anyone …anything. I will obviously jump directly into a BSN program, but my goal for that is the have my employer pay for it! God willing I will be able to follow my plan . If they open this third block for us, it would be a Godsent blessing.

Other then that life is going well. We just examed on the musculoskeletal system and on the endocrine now. I’ve gotten into a nice flow of things, and honestly can say Im not stressing anymore. My grade is high enough I can sail right through, and i feel i now know what to study and what to expect on the exams. We are done with case studies for the semester as well, i turned my last one in two weeks early as i just wanted to be done with it.

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Week 12

We are ending week twelve and anticipating week thirteen. We now have FOUR more weeks of clinicals and 5 and ahalf weeks of class left. We have three more exams and one final left. Time is going by so fast and I am loving it. I cannot wait to get the first block under my belt. For me all is going well, my grade is floating where I am happy with it, and the stress level is really minute. 

We had our first online hybrid day. Instead of going to lecture we just worked from home. We had six case studies to do on evolve on mental health. I got them done early so i was able to just relax that day.  On thursday we had an exam on mental health, I missed that was fair. This coming up week we have another hybrid day from home, and a quiz on Thursday.  The quiz on thursday will be on the musculoskeletal system/drugs/and all that stuff. Next week will be endocrine that will be fun!

Clinicals is going well. I am getting checked off on many things, my paper is coming along great.  This past week I had a bit of a problem with the insutrctor and me. I am very unrecptive to some thing, example I am right handed but have always used my left hand as my primary when it comes to procedures . I dont know why my body works that way, but in the field at work when I am cathing patients I always stand on my left, and have my way of setting things up, i am not open to changing my ways on that. She was pressing me to use my dominant hand and set up a different way…but I ya know :).  I am excited to finish clinicals and move on. Next semester we are going to either the VA or Maricopa Health. I chose Maricopa Health , as its the only day I can do. 

I will continue to embrace this, and will learn as much as I can. The biggest thing I am getting from this is the medication administration and meds. Pharmacology is such an intense field!  On to the next week… 

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