Another Year, Another Experience
Yesterday, I was able to apply my knowledge that I learned in class. Now let us analyze that statement. 1) How many times do you actually get to say this to someone and actually mean it and 2) how many times does this statement proceed taking a test or an exam. For most people, the answer would be “a lot”, but I was able to apply my knowledge on a patient who had just given birth hours ago. I explained to her the many different concepts I learned in my obstetric nursing class about the postpartum mother and how the hormonal changes that were taking place in her body made her experience pain and cramping. I was also able to use what I learned in class to answer the questions of a concerned mother.
That is why I’m here, 2034 miles away from home in Los Angeles, CA. Case has such a unique nursing program that allows students to enter the clinical setting on the first week of class. We get twice as many clinical hours than the average nursing student from the best nursing program in the state of Ohio.
So that was my Wednesday. I was able to give my patient’s baby girl a Hepatitis B shot in the thigh and give her mother the immunization card that her child will have throughout her childhood. Let me tell you, this completely beats sitting in lectures and falling asleep.