ADULT HEALTH II CLINICAL ROTATION // LETIFFANYSHOW

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Adult health II clinicals is finally over and I could not be any more excited. I’m just tired lol and it felt super long. It was four weeks of endless paperwork and 12-hour shifts. I struggled taking care of myself during this rotation because I was drowning in paperwork and trying to get enough sleep. Bad tiffany! One thing I like to remind people (which I need to remind myself) is, take care of yourself because you can’t take care of others if you’re unwell.

Today I thought I’d talk about my overall experience in this clinical rotation. I was super nervous going into this rotation because I’ve heard that we were expected to do way more things. I suddenly felt so blank about my nursing skills and abilities.

In this rotation, we had a lot more expectations because our professor was more strict. She ran clinicals her way and sometimes her expectations didn’t match up with our past experiences. We were expected to do much more real nursing stuff but unfortunately due to past clinical experiences, we weren’t as equipped as she expected us to be. Therefore, her rules and regulations were very intimidating to me but as days went by, I got used to it and got through the days just fine. She emphasized time management and the importance of assessing your patients. It may have seemed repetitive at the time but a big chunk of this profession IS time management and assessing your patients. Getting your morning assessment done in time is important because it gives you a baseline and clinical picture of your patient. So if anything happens throughout the day, you would know its not normal. Makes sense, right? We also charted on our patients and it was a lot of clicking. One of the hardest parts was finding time to sit down to chart on our patients and I found that difficult for a lot of nurses as well.

At the beginning, we were assigned 1 patient each. This patient was our responsibility and we were expected to know everything about this patient. Therefore, we picked a patient the night before and did a bunch of paperwork regarding this patient. It required us to learn how to dig through their chart to find out the history and physical, the reason why they’re at the hospital, any relevant labs or diagnostics, and medications they’re taking. The paperwork was lengthy, especially after a 12 hour shift, but I found it really helpful because I liked being able to know what my patient’s situation was before I walked into their hospital room. So I spent a lot of time prepping to make sure I didn’t miss anything significant.

Even though in real nursing life I wouldn’t be able to do that, from all this paperwork experience, I learned how to efficiently find the relevant information I needed to properly take care of my patient. I would rather not do paperwork but hey, I learned new things. The section that took the most time was the medication list. Some patients have 3 medications, some patients have 20. Just imagine researching 20 medications for their recommended dosages, side effects, and nursing interventions. There were some medications that were repeated between patients so I kind of wish I created a database where I could just copy and paste the information but I think I learned it better by manually researching it every single time.

Eventually by week 3, I was upgraded to 2 patients and it was nerve wracking. The paperwork got heavier but by time I got 2 patients, I had learned how to efficiently find the important information the night before. As long as I had the important information, I could fill in the blanks later when I had some “downtime”. The information I needed was the information that told me what I would be looking for during my initial assessment. I did mostly focused assessments meaning I would just focus on the body system that’s affected by the reason why they’re at the hospital. For example, if they’re in for pancreatitis, I would focus on the heart, lungs, abdomen and their comfort levels.

Before this rotation, I set three goals to make the best out of my clinical experience. Here are these goals and whether I succeeded or not:

  1. Improve my communication skills.

I suck at talking to people. I envy those who can make conversation with anything and everything. Like how do you do it? Teach me yo ways!!  I’m just shy and with ill patients, I’m afraid to speak because I’m scared I’ll say something that will offend them. So I just stand there and smile and let them talk. But this rotation, I improved with talking to the patients. Practice makes almost perfect! I tend to practice while driving. It probably looks crazy but I guess it worked because during my mid-evals, my professor told me I did just fine talking to the patients and nurses! YAY!

2. Be more assertive.

I’m not sure if I accomplished this one. But I asked way more questions and was able to ask for help when I needed it. I don’t know, I was pretty excited when I knew the answers whenever my nurse asked me something. That means I’m learning something!!

3. Take opportunities.

I definitely accomplished this one. I was presented with the opportunity to go to the ICU and ED and I initially did not want to go but I decided to take the opportunity and there were no regrets at all! It opened my eyes to other departments and challenged me to think about how I could be better.

And that was pretty much what my clinical rotation was like! I had a really good time these four weeks and compared to my first day, my confidence has boosted. I need to remind myself that I am capable and I can do this. It just takes time.

Say it with me. You are capable and you can do it! It doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you don’t give up. 🙂

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Signing off from this blog post… I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful. Thanks for reading!

 

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

Real Nurse (R.N.) in the making.

 

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FIRST BALAYAGE EXPERIENCE // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Welcome back to my blog!

Guess who finally got her hair professionally dyed? Dis potato! I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for years now but I’ve always chickened out. But recently, I felt like I needed a change soooooo YOLO! Plus my friend wanted to dye her hair too so we went together! Friends who dye their hair together, stay together? 🤷

And this is how it came out!

I walked in thinking I was going to go lighter, like my whole head. I showed the hair stylist pictures I pinned from Pinterest! [insert shameless plug here] I wanted to eventually go lighter but I knew that with my dark dark dark brown hair, it wasn’t gonna get lighter than the brunette colors below. 👇

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We discussed whether I wanted to dye my whole head or just have balayage. We decided to go with the balayage because it would look more natural as it grew out. If only hair could stay one length, am i right? Imagine that…Yeah, that would be weird.

The hair stylist began by examining my hair. At first she told me the bleach may not work the way we wanted because there was red in my hair. I was shook. UH I don’t remember dying my hair red. I’ve dyed my hair before but it was more of an ombre … a failed ombre but I thought I already cut off.. so I was a bit sad. She told me that she’d try some bleach on a strand first to make sure the hair will do what we wanted it to do.

🤞fingers crossed!🤞

15 minutes later…the strand of hair bleached the way we wanted and the transformation began! It took so long. It was one of those times I wish I had shorter hair! It came to the point where I couldn’t sit still and being an awkward potato, I didn’t know what to talk about with the girl doing my hair. I ended up just sitting there draining my phone battery and reading magazines.

This may be weird but getting my hair done reminded me a lot of the nursing process. The stylist begins by introducing herself, and then explains the procedure and while she’s doing the procedure, she explains what she’s doing. She even said, “if you have any questions during the process, let me know!”They even have that supplies tray that reminds me of the ones in hospitals. HA okay, sorry…I’m weird.

Anyways, 3.5ish long hours later, it was finally done. It’s not as light as I had hoped it would be but I didn’t expect much since my hair was dark af. I was slightly worried about having a balayage because it looks pretty when it’s curled but when it’s straight, it could look weird. It took a while to get used to but I’m in love with it. New hair, who dis?

Below is the information for the salon I went to! My friend and I found it on yelp while frantically finding a place to get our hair dyed. We didn’t plan ahead so we were calling around looking for a place that had time for us. Oops! But we lucked out! 👇

Dare to Dye Salon Boutique

9710 W Tropicana Ave #115, Las Vegas, NV 89147

(702) 597-0390

Only 1.5 weeks until winter break but for now, it’s dooms week and a half. I have a lot of stuff to do but 21 more days til Christmas and then New Years!! Isn’t that crazy? Where has this year gone?

As always, thank you for stopping by! Do you have any questions? Let me know! I hope you have a beautiful day. and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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psst…Let’s get to know each other! Today’s question is…What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? I would love to adventure through European countries like Ireland and Switzerland. There is so much history there and I would love to experience it all!

 


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