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Nursing Clinical Labs

Medical Surgical Floor - St. Francis Memorial, San Francisco
The first day on the floor was insightful and new to me. Coming from my pervious clinical in Santa Rosa, I was able to spot very obvious differences in the upkeep and the money that the hospital was actually receiving. Because Santa Rosa is such a rich city, I may have been spoiled when it came to working there. I must admit that I was not impressed with the upkeep of St. Francis, but after learning about the patients they took care of I realized that this hospital works very hard in it's community.
I liked the nurses and the rest of the crew. The patients were (to say the least) very interesting. Being in clinical, I did the regular things I had to like vital signs and assessment. It wasn't till the very end of my shift where I feel most enlightened.
As I was saying good-bye to my patient that day, he asked if I was going to come back tomorrow. When I said no, his expression face saddened a bit, but he smiled and told me, "You're going to be a great nurse. Hell, be a brain surgeon!" I laughed with him and told him thanks. He held my hand and squeezed it before leaving.
After any moment similar to that, I remember why I struggle with my studies and why I give up having a "life". I'm giving up a "life" to save a life. And I'm very happy to do so.

Gave 7.00 hours on Aug 29, 2014 with Nursing Clinical Labs - Dominican University of California
GivePulse profile picture of Bonnie Howe Bonnie Howe  4 years ago
So the variety of sites you get to experience in clinical rotations is also a part of your education. I hope you'll keep thinking about the CLINICAL impacts of socio-economic location. Funding and everything else that affects structural health of the organization is also part of ethics in healthcare. Does the disparity bother you? Good. Let that work on you.
And . . . What a wonderful gift to you -- that moment with that patient at the end of that day!