How to ROCK your Nursing School Clinicals!



hey everyone and welcome back to my channel it's me Tiffany today I'm going to be making a video on how to make the best of your clinical rotation these are kind of like tips and tricks and stuff that I've learned throughout my experience going to clinical and what I did to kind of make the best out of my clinical experience so let's get started so number one is be prepared it's pretty self-explanatory but make sure you have all of your tools make sure you have your penlight pens extra pens a notepad if you need to take notes your stethoscope your watch with a second hand make sure that you have all the paperwork you need my program doesn't do care plans the day before but we do bring like a clinical prep form to clinical so that we get all of our patient information the day of and then when we go home that's when we type it up and do all of that I know a lot of you told me that you guys have to do care plans before you go to clinical because you get your patient before like the day before clinical I'm so glad my program isn't like that because I would hate having to go to the hospital the day before clinical so we just need to bring a clinical prep form and then for some of our rotations we need to bring in is bar form just to do like patient handoff or like report during post conference number two is look up anything that you need to look up in the chart I know sometimes when I'm like going through the patient's chart looking at their information I will come across a term that I don't know so literally I just go to open up a tab for Google and I just google that term so I can like read up and know what it is that ways when I get to post conference I can further explain what my patient had for example one of my patients had skids or what does it stand for its severe combined immunodeficiency so I didn't know what that is and so obviously I googled it and I'm like okay so that's what it is I learned something new for that day and turns out there's like a documentary about the boy in the bubble disease I learned the whole history about it and it was pretty interesting so I'm glad I googled what that term is I never be afraid to like Google something you don't know because clinical is a learning experience and you're gonna come across things you don't know number three is volunteer yourself I know in clinical you get you get scared to practice the skills you've been checked off on for example Foley catheters so last semester I was checked off on Foley catheters and I was presented with opportunity to do a Foley catheter in the clinical setting and a lot of my classmates were afraid and I don't blame them because it's scary doing a skill like performing a skill for the first time on a patient it's really scary and I was like you don't want if I might not have the opportunity to do a Foley catheter again like in clinicals so I'm gonna take this opportunity and my clinical instructor is gonna be there with me so I volunteered myself to do it and I was like so excited because I felt confident in my skill because obviously I was I've been checked off on it and I was like so excited to do that literally a lot of the people that I talked to in my program they've never done a Foley catheter in clinicals and I feel like I'm the only one that has done like a Foley catheter on a real person so I'm super glad that I volunteered for that and pretty much take away is volunteer yourself don't be afraid you're a student nurse and you're learning your clinical instructor is gonna be there with you so hopefully you're you know confident enough to do the skill you just have to be brave and be willing to put yourself out there number four is to don't be afraid to ask questions whether it's to your nurse to your clinical instructor or even your classmates some of my classmates are really knowledgeable and especially like an OB a lot of them are mothers and a lot of them have experience elsewhere so I'm never afraid to ask questions to anybody again where student nurses we're there to learn I remember one of our classmates asked our instructor a question and she looked at him like you don't know that like kind of making him feel kind of dumb for asking that question and he had like the best clap back he was like oh well sorry I'm a student nurse and having been working in this field for like twenty years I don't know it was like it was such a good clap back but pretty much like don't be afraid I know some of our clinical instructors will make us feel stupid but honestly like whatever like your student nurse you're there to learn and just go for it like like who cares honestly one of my biggest tips is to actually practice as if you were the nurse I know a lot of us student nurses tend to like go to clinical and take it easy and just like not really try as hard because we're student nurses but it's very important to just like practice as if you were a real nurse I remember when I would go into clinical I would literally like try to set up my day as if I was really the nurse it's such good practice to like start right now because you're you know you're a student nurse you're there to learn but it's so good to start like setting up your day and doing everything as if you were a real nurse starting now like go to clinical look at your patient's chart do their assessments like everything as if you were a real nurse obviously you have to act within the scope of the like a student nurse and like whenever you're giving meds just you have to give your clinical instructor so I feel like that actually gave me a lot of the practice I remember my first semester we were all so afraid to do anything we were in long-term care and we would we would always be like so afraid to do anything we felt like we always had to get our clinical instructor or like the nurse to help us out and I remember our clinical instructor was like know that you guys are the nurses you guys are the nurses do what you have to do right and so that was really helpful to my last tip in making the best of your clinical rotation kind of falls in with acting like the nurse and then kind of like being prepared and it's to have like a sheet of tasks that you need to do I will see a lot of nurses who you know they make like a little checkbox of like they need a complete and so I recommend doing that as a student nurse so if you need to take vital signs if you need to like chart eyes nose if you need to do your head to toe assessment for me I tend to forget a lot of stuff so I need to write it down and that's really helpful because it helps you keep it helps you stay organized and it helps you like remain on task so you know what you need to complete I remember I was in the ICU shadowing with a nurse there one time and she had like this paper with a bunch of like check boxes and I'm like dang I should start doing that so once I went to clinical back to her normal floor the next week that's what I did and it's so helpful again helping you be organized and helping you act like you are the nurse because you know what you need to complete and all of that stuff so those are my tips those are things that I've learned along the way as I've gone through clinical so I hope it helped you and yeah so if you guys like this video give it a thumbs up and don't forget to subscribe to follow me on my journey on becoming in our end and I will see you guys later

10 comments

  1. I’m so lucky that I got to pass meds my first semester and be at the bed side in the hospital. Love my school

  2. I’ve never heard of a nursing student in the Orlando area inserting catheters! That’s so crazy but awesome for you that you got that experience 😊

  3. i’m surprised not that many of your classmates haven’t done foleys they’re super common! lol

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