Challenging, but with exceptional instructors
Student (Former Employee) – Portsmouth, VA – March 31, 2017
I greatly enjoyed my experience at TCC and it's Beazley School of Nursing. Typically, we spent one or two days in classroom lectures, then we rotated through local hospitals in various departments to apply what we learned in the classroom. A typical clinical day consisted of a twelve-hour shift during which we were assigned several patients to care for, reporting to the patient's primary RN as well as our instructor. We learned the importance of EMR and documentation, patient assessment, nursing diagnoses, pharmacology, interpretation of laboratory results and their implications, when to notify a physician of a patients' change in condition, and how to manage time. The most difficult part was definitely time management, as unexpected situations would arise that would interfere with scheduled duties such as medication administration or reassessment of a patient's condition.
Challenging, loved the teamwork environment, always busy
Long shifts with very little downtime