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My First Day in the Clinical Lab

This is a guest blog post written by Leslie Wheeler, a student in Marian University’s accelerated nursing program.

Whew! What a day in the clinical lab. We were all so excited to really start the nuts and bolts of nursing. We met at the north site around 9 am and began in the computer lab with our very informative instructor, Paula Miller. She explained everything so well and answered all of our questions.

We practiced hand washing and range of motion: flex, extend, adduct, abduct. It seemed to all be swirling in my head. We received instruction on baths and linen changing from a few of our soon-to-be clinical instructors. They all did an excellent job and were so hands-on to help us practice and learn by doing.

After lunch, we had a demonstration on bed and patient positioning. It was all so fast-paced that I wondered how I would keep everything straight. At the end of a long day, I met some new friends and really felt connected with the group and so much more involved in my new career path. On the way home, I was filled with joy and excitement about the opportunity I have been given with the accelerated nursing program at Marian University.

There’s one thing I know for sure: there is never a dull moment in this program.

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