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Old 09-29-2007, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by KimRN View Post
That's what us old nurses are for...helping the new nurses get the clinical down pat! If I worked with a nurse who had never put down an NG tube, I'd show them the tricks of the trade I picked up and watch/support them while they did it! The clinical skills will come and it isn't the end of the world if you have never put in a foley by graduation. Just ask for a colleague to help!
I can't tell you how true this is! I have a great preceptor at my new job who didn't even flinch when on the first day I told her that I had never started an IV, foley, had put down one NG, the list went on. Don't stress about clinical hours, they can't even come close to the experience you'll have as a nurse. Once you decide on a specialty or floor and start working you'll have 20 patients with diagnosis to choose from and more opportunities to do the things that you haven't in school and you'll get proficient in them .
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:18 PM
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Wow, that's awesome! However, for nursing students we have our instructor watching us and I think it helps a lot. During my first clinical, I had to do a dressing change and I had my instructor and 4 of my classmates watching me and helping me out. It was awesome because they would help me open up more gauze and my instructor would be telling me what to do, etc.

I hope once I become a nurse other nurses will help me out.
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:11 PM
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Hopefully you are lucky enough to find a workplace with good teamwork!

I've always said Nurses should have an extra hand or two surgically implanted. It would make starting an IV easier.

I put the patient to work if they can. "Will you just hold this cap while I twist?"
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