As a future registered nurse, it’s important to gain meaningful, true-to-life experiences in each of your clinical rotations while in nursing school.
Whether it’s your first day, or you are a seasoned nursing student, clinical rotations can be overwhelming. Here are some concepts to keep in mind as you mentally and physically prepare for your first rotation of clinical experience.
When you begin your clinical rotations on the floor, it will typically be in a long-term care facility, like a nursing home, though this will vary among nursing programs across the board.
Patient modesty is something that can be overcome fairly quickly with your patients—especially with older people. Most have been in a medical setting for some time and are used to thorough examinations. Many will have little to no problem cooperating, and, yes, you will get used to catching every odor that drifts your way.
It’s part of your clinical experience, so embrace it. Learn from it. Your desire to make your patients feel comfortable will likely overshadow any discomforts you may be experiencing.
Hello, Time Management
Time management can be a real life-saver throughout your nursing clinical experience. During your clinical rotations, you will generally be in a facility anywhere from five to eight hours a day, once a week. Again, this may vary depending on what nursing program you are in, and if it’s a day vs night program.
During this time, you will learn the significance of managing your time to successfully complete patient care such as taking vital signs, bathing, feeding, ambulating, medicating, and assessing. You will likely be assigned to one patient, which is great because you can really focus on applying all the skills you acquired in nursing school to a single, real-life scenario.
In clinical rotations, the more the merrier
By this point in your nursing school career, you probably know about the importance of teamwork. Registered nurses must work collaboratively with other registered nurses, LPNs, CNAs, and other healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care for their patients.
During your clinical rotations, you may want to try partnering up with one of your fellow nursing school classmates so you can stay on time with certain duties, especially assessing, ambulating, or bathing your patients. You will learn a lot by observing your peers’ personal styles of patient care, as well.
Coming to understand and embrace these three key points from clinical experience will put you well on your way to becoming a successful RN with your BSN.
How to Survive Nursing School Clinicals
What do you expect clinical to be like? Stressful, crazy, exciting? In the beginning, nursing school can be scary and you don’t know what to expect. After a while, though, you begin to thrive off the adrenaline rush and want to experience more and more. A fellow nursing student, Kelsey Furia from SUNY shares some tips on how to make clinicals a more enjoyable and survivable experience.