Before I start an “us” vs. “them” war, let me start off by saying that I cannot imagine the pressure that physicians are under these days. They go for long stretches with no days off, work very long hours, have tremendous responsibility and, basically, have a job that I would never ever ever want. So, with that said, it is understandable that you will, at times, deal with a difficult or demanding physician. These tips about SBAR and effective communication should help!
Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING gets a nursing student more worked up than NCLEX questions. I have very clear memories of sitting in the testing room making my best “WTF is this” face as I worked my way through the questions. And yes, that’s the exact same face I made the entire time I was taking the actual NCLEX and my CCRN exam…so if you think these style of questions are ever going to go away…you are sadly so very very wrong.
Getting your shift off to a good start is crucial if you want to have a good day (or night). I’m a big believer in routines…and your Start-of-Shift routine (SOS) is one of the most important ones you’ll ever develop. Here’s my SOS…maybe it will help you develop your own! Here are the five things I always do right after receiving report.
If you don’t yet follow Straight A Nursing Student on Facebook…here’s a great reason to start! For all of May we’re posting “A Tip A Day” for all you nursing students and new nurses!
In addition, if we get to over 2,000 LIKES by the end of May, we’ll have a drawing for a Littmann Master Classic II stethoscope…but you’ve got to be a Facebook follower to get in the drawing! And, stay tuned for a great giveaway from Uniform Advantage to celebrate Nurse’s Week! So much good stuff…why haven’t you followed yet? Hmmm??? Hope to see you there soon!
Starting your very first clinical rotation can be nerve-wracking, if not downright terrifying. Wondering what to expect in first semester clinical? Then this post is for you!
Before First Semester Clinical Begins
Before clinicals even start, you’ll need to learn a TON of new skills. This will most likely be done in your skills lab course, so be prepared to have a lot of reading, quizzes, prep and check-offs in your first couple of weeks of classes. Before you are set loose on real patients in the hospital, you’ll need to learn:
I could make this the shortest blog post in the world and simply say, #@%&-ing hard. But, where’s the fun in that? I don’t want to scare you off by any means…but I definitely think this is a “go in with your eyes wide open” kind of situation. So here goes.
The question, “What kind of classes will I take in nursing school?” is one that comes up pretty often…and rightly so. Nursing school classes are a bit of a mystery and not knowing what to expect certainly adds to the anxiety and nervousness. Never fear, I’ve never let you down before and I’m not about to start now!