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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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Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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


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Experiencing My First Code in the ER // LETIFFANYSHOW

hello friends 14

Welcome back to my blog!

I apologize for the lack of vlogs and blog posts. This has been the most rewarding but also the most emotionally draining rotation I’ve had so far in nursing school.

Today, I wanted to talk about my ED experience. It’s been about three weeks since I’ve experienced this but I wanted to make sure I had all the details written in this post. I went to the ED and it was great. I got to do compressions but I also faced my first death. Welcome to one of the hardest blog posts I’ve written so far.

Like the ICU, I was afraid of going to the ED. Something about the department just made me feel uneasy. But like the ICU, I decided to take the opportunity because when will I ever get to go to the ED as a nursing student ever again? (probably never)

My biggest fear going into the hospital is Code Blue and CPR because the patient’s life is LITERALLY in your hands and I knew that if one were to happen, they would put the student (me) to work! So after lunch, I was standing around and suddenly the overhead goes ATTENTION PLEASE ATTENTION PLEASE CODE BLUE RM 12 ETA 5 MINS and my dumb tired butt was like, “how do they time code blue?” -.- silly me. but I sped walk (because you never run) to room 12 and tried to dodge everyone that was coming in and out of that room to gather supplies for the code.

As we were standing in the room waiting, my heart was beating out of my chest. I was so nervous for what was about to happen.

What’s going to happen? What does he look like? What was this person like? How do I do compressions again?

All of these thoughts danced in my mind until EMS showed up with the patient and everything just happened so fast. The moment the patient arrived, everyone got to work and I honestly don’t remember much about it. I just remember hiding behind a tall doctor next to the sharps container, trying to be as invisible as possible. I was just taking in everything.

They quickly switched off people during compressions if they were tired and I was next in line. There was no time to panic and as I was stepping up to the plate, one of the nurses was like “just sing the song” and I’m thinking, “what song?!” then she started to sing it and it was Stayin alive by Bee Gees, which sounded like the rhythm you had to go when you did compressions. …that song is still stuck in my head..

If there was one major thing I learned that day, it was that I have to work harder at the gym aha

But jokes aside, I was literally putting my entire weight on this patient but it was SO ineffective that the defibrillator was like, “press harder” oh boy… After a minute which felt like an hour, someone switched with me so I could rest and after a couple rounds later, I jumped back in. I know, I was surprised that I decided to jump in again too. But the ER staff was so supportive that I felt like I was capable of doing compressions so I decided to get back in!

The patient ended up not making it and it took a while for me to process. The whole time I was in there, I tried to stay away from my emotions and focus on what was happening in front of me. I kept it together for as long as I could but after the doctor called the time of death, a nurse pulled me into the storage room and asked me if it was my first time seeing that. I said yes. She reassured me that we did everything we could and there wasn’t much left that we could have done. She also told me it was okay to cry and let me cry. I let it all out, wiped my tears, and went back to work. I wish I could thank her for that because it was really thoughtful and it helped me mentally handle the situation.

Although it took me a while to process what happened, it kept me thinking. Just seeing the family members and the thought of a lifeless person laying there, it was a lot to take in. But I’m thankful that I got to experience this during my clinical rotation and I’m not afraid of CPR anymore! whooooooooo but I really do have go back to the gym. Damn it muscle strength of -1.

But that was my experience of doing compressions for the first time. Some notable things I noticed during the code was that the doctor was super calm and collected. While everyone was trying to save the patient’s life, he took the time to talk to the family and update them on what was happening. Towards the end of the code, he also reviewed everything they’ve done so far and asked if anyone had any other ideas. I thought that was great because someone could have thought of something that no one else had thought of. Inclusion was a theme in this code.

This is something I will never forget and I’m thankful I got to experience it during my clinical rotation.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this blog post! I hope this all made sense and wasn’t difficult to read. I’m not sure why I had such a hard time writing this one but it was an experience I really wanted to share with you all. If you liked this post, please like and follow my blog!

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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psst… I’m need a nap.