Today was my first day of clinical on the orthopedic floor and I was leery. Last night I tried to get to bed by 830pm, but didn’t fall asleep until 1030pm. I was up by 515am, showered, dressed, and out the door by 545am. No time for make-up and hair products having to be to the hospital so early.
Last semester our clinical days were only 4 hour days and this semester our Tuesdays are 8 hours and Wednesdays are 5 hours.
Last semester my instructor was so damaging to the health and growth of all of us nursing students because she choose to teach by intimidation preying on our trepidations.
This semester our instructor is full of grace and willingness to relate to our insecurities. All the while she is feeding our minds with true confidence having faith in our abilities that my heart sings from the mountain tops.
Today I took care of a pt. with a fractured hip needing PT in the morning and afternoon and was able to encourage them to succeed. I was able to administer Heparin in their lower right abdomen, using my Carpuject. I was able to remove their JP drain on the outer left thigh without any complications. I gave the best CNA skills to this patient by lathering them up with lotion, using mouth wash when cleaning their mouth, washing their hair, and applying deodorant just to name a few. I administered their 0800 (7 sch), 0900, 1000, 1100, 1400 meds successfully. It was after one tricky pill that didn’t go down very well that the nurse and I decided to use the pill crusher and apple sauce for subsequent meds which was much more successful.
Overall I just felt more comfortable and confident in both my CNA and nursing skills.
At one point the PT guy turned to his assistant and said” ask the nurse to stand on my right”, so when I twirled around the room momentarily looking for the nurse that I realized he was talking about me. I WAS THE NURSE, hahaha, it felt so nice to hear someone referring to me as the nurse in the clinical setting that I thought I could get used to it and it made me walk a little taller the rest of the afternoon.