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First "true" clinical day...

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!!

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  1. Well maybe you will get some hands on with the wound care nurse and she/he will let you do some of the dressing changes.

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  2. I hope you love it!! We had fall break this week & I missed clinical. Really. I might have 3 Pts next week. That's what we are working up to this semester. I'm glad you ate enjoying it :)

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    1. We won't get 3 patients until probably like the last semester. I think next semester we'll get 2, which will be fine with me. I love that part of it!!

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