For CPE IV I worked at two public health units.
We also taught health lessons at elementary schools, helped organize activities for a community health fair, visited various community organizations, and helped out at community healthy baby outreach programs.
I started working as an employed student nurse! It was an exciting few days for me. The first day I mostly shadowed my buddy-shift nurse and helped her with her work. The second day I got to have my own patient to care for. It was fantastic!
There were medicines to administer, baths to give, patients to talk to, charts to read, notes to write... yes, I had missed acute care. Which I think is crazy because the environment is so busy and some other nurses avoid it like the plague. Fortunately for me, it is just perfect :)
I worked two 12-hour day shifts and then one 12-hour night shift.
My first night shift was great! I thought I would be so tired and that it would be terrible, but it wasn't bad at all. I was paired up with a fantastic nurse and she was so good at explaining things to me and making sure I knew what to expect.
I also got to take a long nap during my break. It was perfect timing because I was starting to feel tired then. After the nap, I was fresh and ready to go again.
Night shift is different than I expected. I thought it would be like those horror movies with dark hallways and flickering lights, but it was brightly lit most of the time with only bedside lights turned off. There are less medicines to give, no baths... a lot of the usual tasks were bunched at the beginning of my shift and then everyone went to sleep.
I spent my time checking on patients, taking the occasion patient to the bathroom, writing in the chart, checking doctor orders against the medication schedules for the next day, preparing things for the day shift, and caring for any patients that couldn't fall asleep.
Anyhow, I am going to book some work for next week, but I'm going to enjoy a few days off. Time to relax, do some art work, and just goof off.