Category Archive: Clinicals

Oct
15

Use Your Brain

I’ve noticed via recent blog stats that posts featuring nursing brain sheets have been quite popular lately. ‘Guess that’s due to the beginning of fall clinical rotations. šŸ™‚ So while I’ve been piddling around I thought I’d post one more… As I adapted to routines in the PCU, I found that the more detailed brains …

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Sep
14

The Journey

This post is late in coming, but the timing really couldn’t be better. With this blog reaching 50,000+ hits and my own career at a crossroads, what better time to look back on the long (and twisted) road that got me to this point? And reflect on a few lessons learned along the way… The …

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Feb
27

Paying My Respects

Well, I did it. After a great deal of soul searching, reading your thoughts (Thank you all!) and chatting with my preceptor, I decided it would be appropriate to attend my patient’s funeral. I agreed wholeheartedly with poetrystruth‘s comment: Iā€™m still a student but I believe that we provide the care as needed and then …

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Feb
20

What It’s All About

I would like to take a deep breath and step away from the drama and bitterness and anger. I found out more awful news from my peds hem/onc capstone world. News I’ve been expecting but dreading since the day I left. My little patient, the one I took care of every single shift for the …

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Jan
21

Sad News

I just got word that a patient I cared for frequently in my capstone passed away last week. He was 12 years old. He had been on the floor during my entire rotation, fighting graft-versus-host disease, a complication of the bone marrow transplant they gave him. He had actually seemed to be coming around, so …

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Dec
07

Nursing Brain 3.1.1

I just have too much fun with this brain design thing. Yes I’m a computer nerd. If you haven’t figured that out by now, you haven’t been paying attention. šŸ˜‰ The newest version is basically the same as my last brain, but I changed the look of the backside. Lab values now take up the …

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Dec
07

And…Scene

I walked off the peds hem/onc unit Saturday at 1930 and felt sad, excited, and wistful. It was an incredible senior capstone – better than anything I could have imagined for myself – and it was bittersweet to say goodbye. It was also somewhat anticlimactic, as my last days of clinical have always been. I’m …

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Dec
04

Baking Fiend

My last clinical day got moved from Wednesday to tomorrow. Even though I was hoping to prove I could survive 3 days taking 3 patients by myself, I’m somewhat relieved. Both of my shifts were absolutely draining, and this way I can drive to the hospital since it’s a weekend and just take in my …

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Nov
30

Losing Seconds

I don’t know what it was about today, but I am TIRED! *Sing it with me folks…tired of being admired. Sorry, a little History of the World humor for ya* Which speaks to how delirious I am. For the first time I assumed responsibility for all three patients and delegated to my nurse. Or tried …

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Nov
11

All Shook Up

I had a dream last week about one of my first capstone patients. The one who asked me if I knew what I was doing. Come to find out today that she passed away…last week. It hit me. Hard. Maybe I was so affected by it precisely because I thought I could “handle it”. Maybe …

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