Nursing school is said to be the hardest time in a nurse's life. Just looking back, I think going through my nursing program was the biggest accomplishment of my life so far. Not only because I became a nurse, but also because I made it through the hardship and challenges in the end. Anyone will tell you how difficult nursing school can be. With my platform and blog, I love to give advice on what to expect in both perspectives (nursing school and reality).

In this blog post, I am covering what is expected during your clinical rotation in school and what happens in the nursing world.

During nursing school, you have a set schedule to where you show up to clinical, get your assignment, is told what time to leave for lunch, and when it is time to debrief before the shift is over. This gives the students the opportunity to reflect on their time on the floor and ask as many questions as needed. In clinical rotations, the ideal thing is to get 1 on 1 exposure with the patients. You are to put your knowledge to work. Timing is limited because of the set hours per clinical rotation, i.e. 8 -12 hours per shift. Sometimes you will not get you much exposure with your patient unless you are with the patient from start to the end of the shift.

Timing as a nurse overall is based around your patient. If you come into a shift with an unstable patient, you will be with that said patient until they are stable or until the shift is over (12-13 hours later). There will be shifts where you are on the go from beginning to end. Late on charting and behind on medication administrations. For the breaks, what exactly is a break? In most states, other than California, breaks are sometimes limited. I know in critical care we have very sick patients and are unable to leave the area to eat. *Word from the wise, always bring water and quick snacks to stuff your mouth if you do not get a lunch break.*