An important part of being a nursing major is the student’s participation in clinicals, which is where students go to the hospital to “practice nursing”.
Students begin clinicals with a semester taking care of one patient at a time in the hospital, but move on to taking care of more patients as well as those with more acute conditions. By the time they’re ready to graduate, they may take care of three or four patients at a time.
Patient records for clinicals have to be picked up by the student from the hospital the night before they’re to go and those, in addition to material they learned in class, had to be studied.
Clinicals are where nursing majors learn not only basic skills of nursing but also the people skills involved with the profession. They learn how to interact with people and how to take care of paperwork.
Before they get into the hospital to help people, however, nursing students are required to learn with an interactive mannequin that reacts to the treatments that they give to it. It helps students to understand how their actions can affect patients, without having to try them out on actual patients.