Today was my first "real" clinical day. I was able to work alone (which I much prefer) with my patient and I have to say I REALLY enjoyed this. Of course, although I was the only one responsible for my patient I was sure to help out my fellow students when they needed it. And I have to say they are all pretty great! We have 7 people in our clinical group & I am so glad that we all get along & help each other out, I feel really blessed to be with this group of people. Of course like I said in my last post, our actual "hands on" patient time today was only around an hour & a half. Once again we were in pre-conference from 6:30-8:00, we then had to go & sort out our medications which took until about 9:30 for all of us to get done & by the time I got my patient out of activity & finished her assessment it was 11:00, which is their lunch time. So then about 11:30 or so we all went to lunch where we stayed until 1:00!!! Guess what time post conference is supposed to start? Yep, you guessed it 1:00. So we just had time to go back to our patient's, perform their afternoon vitals & then it was back down to post conference & then home. Again, I'm not complaining, just stating. I was much more prepared today for the assessment. Last week I was kind of floundering around trying to remember all my assessment stuff, but today I made myself a list of "tests" to perform, my precious patient was so cooperative. When I came back in the afternoon to tell her bye she said "Are you going to come back tomorrow and do all of this stuff over again?" lol. I assured her that I wasn't but that someone else might come & bug her. She was so pleasant & cooperative & funny as heck! All in all it was a good day & I'm looking forward to my next day. Unfortunately next week I don't get a patient, I have to follow the wound care nurse around. As I stated before, I loved having my own patient, I am not big on "shadowing" people & I'm afraid that's all next week is going to be. Fortunately the people that followed her around today did say that she let them change a dressing. Jeez, I would hope so. I guess I'll just have to see when I get there.
Two days down, 4 more to go!!