Out of all my classes that I have taken so far while I've been in college my absolute favorite class is a class I am currently taking this semester; NU 311 more commonly known as clinical.
Since this is my first semester of nursing school we aren't quite ready to be put into a real hospital taking care of patients, so in this course we learn the nursing skills and procedures that we will use next semester when we actually do rounds at the different hospitals in Mobile.
We have class each week in the skills lab which is set up to look exactly like a hospital. Its equip with numerous hospital beds that each contain a human simulator. Since my class is 3 hours long we cover a lot of information. We will spend the first hour or two going over power points and having what we call "show 'n tell". During Show 'n Tell our professors will show us all of the different hospital equipment we will use to demonstrate our procedures for the week. After we have covered that information then we get down to business! We spend the last hour or so of class learning the procedures and practicing on the human simulators.
Every two weeks or so we will have to demonstrate the procedures to our instructors alone for a grade. These are called check offs. So far I have checked off on correct hand washing technique, wound care, and tracheostomy care and suctioning. The purpose of check offs is to show our professors that we have learned how to perform the procedures while using the correct technique and not breaking sterility (sterility is a BIG deal!)
During check offs I'm always really nervous, but the professors are so nice and just want to watch you succeed. While we are performing procedures we talk to our professors and explain to them what we are doing and why we are doing it. It is very interactive and hands on. Our motto for clinical is "practice makes perfect!" and that is so true. The more time we spend practicing procedures, the more prepared and successful we are going to be when we perform the procedures on real patients.
For clinical we get to wear our scrubs too, so that is a huge plus! I LOVE scrubs. They are like cute, comfy, pajamas that are acceptable to wear in public.
Another great thing about my clinical class is my professors. My nursing class is split up into different clinical classes so there are several teachers for each class. In my class my professors are Dr. Younce and Dr. Brown. They are both outstanding teachers and are both so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.
Clinical is such a fun and interactive course I don't see how it wouldn't be anyone's favorite!