I love students. Here are a handful of my random nursing thoughts regarding students.
- Have fun with clinical, the feeling of being uncomfortable lasts as long as you want it to. The quicker you dive in, the faster that feeling fades.
- Ask questions
- Don’t be too shy
- Don’t be too loud/over confident
- Be humble. Have and develop a sense of humor.
- Find a nurse that let’s you tag along (even if it’s not the one you are assigned to)
- Think about what you’re good at
- Think about your weaknesses. Ask for more exposure to them, improve.
- Answer call bells (be helpful in general)
- Hang out with the patients you get assigned to, talk with them, assess them, improve the quality of their stay
- Even if your clinical rotation is not in the area of your interest (OBGYN/Psych/Long Term Care/etc.), strive to do well in spite of that. There will always be a part of a job you don’t love. It’s important to meet and overcome challenges/fears/disinterest.
Questions on surviving your clinical experience? Drop me a line!