By Vivi Simon, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies ‘16
This is a basic summary of a clinical day. Days vary depending on the patients’ statuses (how critical they are) and their needs. Since I am placed in an ICU, vital signs are continuously monitored. Assessments are performed by a nurse and documented every two hours.
As a student in my last semester of nursing school, I am expected to provide full care for my patients while also taking the time to critically think about presenting patient information to my clinical instructor. It is important to be alert to patient baselines and any changes that may occur.
Clinical days are exhausting, but having the opportunitiy to apply multi-faceted learning to clinical settings gives me a better grasp of the information and prepares me for my role as the nurse that I hope to become.