Students, Instructors, and Hospitals Stay on Top of their Clinical Rotations with NurseMind
Clinical rotations are the most valuable part of the nursing school experience yet they are also extraordinarily stressful for the students, frantic for the instructors, and demanding of the hospitals in which they occur. Here's how NurseMind supports all three.
|Benefits for Hospitals||Benefits for Instructors||Benefits for Students|
How It Works
For example, if the instructor expects the students to look up the meds to be administered to each patient, the student's "shift definition" would start with the following "per-patient" tasks:
+ Obtain the med-orders part of the patient's chart.
+ List the meds to be administered on this shift.
+ For each, list possible adverse effects.
If the student had two patients on her shift, each of these tasks would appear twice on her to-do list. If the deadline for them was 40 minutes after the start of the shift, then at 41 minutes the instructor could reasonably expect that the student could demonstrate knowledge of potential adverse effects of the meds she'll administer on the shift.
Some of a student's patients might have conditions that demand additional tasks, for example diabetes care. By defining the tasks in a diabetes protocol, the instructor can be certain that the student understands exactly what's expected of her in providing this aspect of this patient's care. For example, for the diabetic patient, the protocol -- whose deadline might be 20 minutes before each meal -- might consist of the following tasks:
+ Look up the insulin type and dosage protocol for the patient.
+ Measure the patient's blood glucose.
+ Draw up the appropriate number of units of the appropriate type of insulin.
+ Have another nurse double-check the type and dose.
+ Administer the insulin.
Here is a typical shift definition for a nursing student on a med-surg rotation:
start of shift)
|Update patient whiteboard||30||1|
|Hourly Pt rounds||60||5|
|Breakfast tray setup||90||2|
|Hourly Pt rounds||120||5|
|Nursing Work Meal Break||180||30|
|Hourly Pt rounds||180||5|
|Hourly Pt rounds||240||5|
|Assess patient acuity/stability||240||1|
|Lunch tray setup||270||1|
|Nursing Work Short Break||300||15|
|Hourly Pt rounds||300||5|
|Hourly Pt rounds||360||5|
|Hourly Pt rounds||420||5|
|Hourly Pt rounds||480||5|
|8 hour Documentation||480||15|