I just finished two back to back exams yesterday, and now I can finally sit down and relax a little. I have another exam next Wednesday, but I'll wrestle with that monster sometime later this week. I think one of my favorite things in nursing school are the clinicals. Those days, I have absolutely no idea what the crap is going to go down. I have no idea what patients I'm going to get and/or what symptoms they have.
So I gave my first subcutaneous (under the skin) shot in clinical last week and it was pretty legit. I came into nursing school thinking "Man...I don't mind doing anything, just not giving shots!", but it legit isn't THAT bad. After our first exam for Fundamentals of Nursing (a freaking 10 credit course I'm taking at the moment), I decided to sign up for a lottery to give flu shots which are intramuscular (within the muscle). I image those hurting a lot more. I think the next stage for me is to get over IV's. Every time I walk into a patient's room and I look at their IV a get goosebumps because it looks so painful!
My whole perspective has changed every since starting clinicals. If you asked me a month ago I would've said I didn't want to clean poop, give shots, or any of those type of shenanigans at that. Right now, I can talk about poop and drainage coming out of wounds while eating without gagging. I can't wait to work for real, but one thing that definitely need to get together is paying attention to detail. I am so bad at it and I need it to be second nature. Anyway, I need to wake up in 3 hours, so goodnight!
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