Bedside critical care nurse, first-time adult, nursing blog author, and expert Pinterest-recipe ruiner.
I was allowed to do that but didn’t get a ton of experience. I kind of felt like I started all over once I got into the real world because they had different IV’s and whatnot. Also, they had a different policy/procedure. It had been months since I’d done any procedural stuff once I started anyway, so you will have to re-learn it in a sense. So don’t freak out about it, try to be familiar with it and take opportunities when and if you get them. I know people that graduating without ever starting an IV or placing a foley and they’ve done just fine :-) You’ll be great!
Words I never thought I would have to say to a resident. (via md-admissions)
The only experience I have in an ED was in a really, really small ED. So small that even when they were full, they’d have less patients than I did at one time working nights at my first job. I don’t have any time management tips for that speciality. Sorry! Are there any phenomenal ED nurses out there with good time management skills!?
Psych was easy for me and most of my classmates. Although it can be challenging for some people. Mental health classes in nursing are looked at as bit easier (typically). It’s not a black and white as med surge. It’s less memorization and more about understanding concepts. the clinical portion is really interesting. I had clinicals in a group home for schizophrenic patients, went to an AA meeting, went to anger management classes, a prison, and an outpatient center. It was really interesting to me. Again, it was a bit easier but it is very different from the rest of your clinical experiences.
Peds was more interesting to me but what’s difficult about that in lecture is remembering the age ranges for certain things. There’s all that developmental stuff that you don’t have to worry about with adult. Also dosages for meds aren’t as straight forward. You have to calculate everything.
Peds clinicals were interesting. The kids were usually great, but the parents are a different story. They’re also your patients. You have to teach and educate them and you have to convince the kids to let you do what you need to do. Some parents aren’t so hot about students or new nurses taking care of their kids. They have a LOT of questions and are usually worried sick themselves (understandably so). You have to know your stuff because I remember them quizzing me over and over again.
It also sucks when you have to inflict pain on them (IV sticks, blood draws, etc) but you just have to.. ugh did not like that. I remember basically all of the kids on the unit had RSV and I got used to taking care of those patients. So make sure you know about that!
Some people adore peds. I however did not. It was no bueno for me. I love geriatrics :-) I know, I’m a weirdo but I love thankful old ladies. Theory is a lot of memorization and figuring out appropriate teaching approaches for specific age ranges and whatnot.
I never had to take the HESI but have had people ask me about them. We did ATI in my nursing school. Those were tough but do-able. I’ve heard about the same about the HESI. Sorry I wish I could give you more guidance on that!