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Say Yes to All Opportunities (RN)

by Elizabeth Russ

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    00:01 So one of the super cool things about being a student is you will get the opportunity to see all sorts of interesting things, right? Especially if you were on a unit that has a culture of advocating for students and you have been showing that you are, like, ready and willing to dive into new things even if you don't know how, like we just talked about.

    00:19 Every floor has, like, "cool" procedures.

    00:23 "Cool" in quotes, because sometimes they're a health care type of cool, that that specific unit does.

    00:29 And people will generally know what those are, and they will bring you in when they know students are on the floor and they want you to have that learning experience.

    00:36 Hence my near pass out experience that we talked about in the last section, they were like: "Oh, this is a really good example of a sacral pressure ulcer." And they made it sound great.

    00:46 And then I...

    00:49 They just... I realized later their version of "cool" was much different than mine, but it was a great learning opportunity.

    00:55 Now, some of these situations may make you want to, like, as soon as it comes out of their mouth, "Hey, do you want to do this?" It might make you want to, like, run down eleven flights of stairs into the lobby and out the doors of that hospital.

    01:07 But you should go.

    01:08 Not out the door.

    01:09 To the learning opportunity.

    01:10 You're going to learn so much when you are invited to things, and you say yes.

    01:14 Don't even think about it. If someone asks you: "Do you want to see this or do you want to?" The answer that you should automatically have coming out of your mouth is yes. Before they even finish their sentence.

    01:25 And after you've committed, then you can confess your terror because you're already ... You're in this to win it.

    01:29 And that's when you can tell them: "I have ...

    01:32 I have actually no idea what we're doing here together." And you can go and get your nurse or your clinical instructor, and you can look up the technique for how you're going to handle the situation.

    01:40 So you aren't walking into this like totally blind, and you very likely will not be the one performing the procedure, especially if it's your first time. But in healthcare we often use the learning module of see one, do one, teach one, and this gets you a third of the way through that learning process of how to do the thing by seeing it.

    02:00 And the next time, you can be a lot more actively involved.

    02:03 And the first time you do anything, I just want you to know, no matter what, the first time you do it, you'll be scared.

    02:09 I have been a nurse for a decade, over a decade.

    02:12 And when I learned new procedures, I am still scared.

    02:15 And that is normal. You are not alone.

    02:17 The clinicals are the perfect environment for you to learn a bunch of interesting things and for you to do the hard things.

    02:24 Remember that. Now, how do you know all the cool things? Like, how do you know what you've learned and what you still need to learn? Notes, my friends.

    02:33 How do you remember all the details of what you learned? Also notes, my friends.

    02:37 Allow me to show you in the next video.


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    The lecture Say Yes to All Opportunities (RN) by Elizabeth Russ is from the course Succeed in Clinical (RN).


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