Ok can we say TOTAL snooze fest??? Today was our first official day on the MedSurg floor, but unfortunately since the professor figured we might be overwhelmed with over 15 pages of clinical paperwork due in one night, we weren't really able to do much (meaning no passing of meds). We were basically put into the PCT roles. So, pretty much it felt like last semester's clinical all over again, a bunch of elderly people, except for these ones have total hip replacements instead of just being old. And let me tell you I can say with almost 100% assurance that working on the Ortho wing of the MedSurg floor is NOT where I see my future nursing self. I mean maybe it was just my perception, but I saw the nurses basically in the same role as they were in the nursing home. Going from patint room to patient room passing meds. BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate that we don't get an ER rotation, I REALLY think that I would like that much more, except that as a new nurse I just don't see how you could be that good at critical thinking to work there. Of course I still have 2 more semesters, so maybe my critical thinking skills will improve.
Another thing I've learned from this semester is that nursing school is HARD!!!!!!! Especially at my age. I am SO exhausted. 5:00 am comes so early & man am I tired. Especially when we aren't told ahead of time that the 1000 pages of clinical paperwork DOESN'T have to be 100% finished BEFORE clinical. That we'll actually have time in clinical to finish said paperwork. Um, that would have been nice to know before I stayed up until 1:00 am last night finishing all those papers that DIDN'T have to be finished!!
And lastly after today's clinicals it was so funny to hear so many of my nursing school buddies question if this was the right career path for them. I mean I totally understand, but dang after all this money & time & sacrifice that me, my husband & my children have gone through, by golly I'm going to finish this degree, even if I never set foot in a hospital. Of course that won't happen, I'm not crazy ;)