Apr 13, 2005

Clinicals

I had a weird week at clinicals last week. We had this "Management" thing with the 4th level(seniors) students. Basically they were allowed to hover over us for 2 days and "manage" us. For most of my group this was a good expierience. They had an extra set of hands, got some good tips. For 4 of us including myself we got a big fat powertrip. I know part of it was miscommunication and the other students had forgotten how much independance we level 2 students have. My "manager" in particular was nice but had reported to our instructors that I was "too confident." I'm not really sure that's a bad thing but, whatever. She also made comments about the patient's lifestyles causing their ailments, ie. smoking and drinking. Normally I wouldn't care but when you point blame like that and do it outside the room in the hall...it's just offensive. The last patient I had was in because of a lifelong history of drinking. I really felt for this patient and family and it was really a sad situation. I read the local Obits and today I discovered this patient died Sunday, 2 days after I was there.
I know as a nurse I'm going to see a lot of ailments and diseases that could have been prevented. I cannot pass judgement on anyone, whether it be cigarrettes, alcohol, or heroin. I've never lived their life so I have no idea how I would've dealt with it.
I just needed to get that one off my chest.

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