First Day At Clinicals
January 2012 – I was nervous this was our first clinical day. Mrs. Chasse greeted us at the main entrance of the hospital wearing her crisp white nursing uniform. She escorted us to the locker room so we could change into our white uniform, removing all jewelry except for a watch and name badge. Our nails were clean, short, and free of nail polish, our hair tied up and away from our face for a professional appearance.
We started by meeting with the infection control nurse for orientation and re-washed our hands after glow germ application. Everyone passed the hand-washing test. Then we reviewed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, medical records, client rights, and had a tour of the hospital stressing the importance of safety, locating and use of fire extinguishers and call alarms, using RACE & PASS, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) use and location, and the paging system with the different codes (what each color meant). I was amazed to see the equipment for bariatric patients. It was interesting to see the different departments in the hospital and the diversity of occupations in health care.
First clinical day at Northern Maine Medical Center for the Nursing Assistant students . Seated: Deanne Cote, Nicole Gendreau, and Marissa Blier. Standing: Cassidy Ouellette, Morgan Dubois, Morgan Dumond, Sierra Burress, Kieanna Sirois, and Casey Tardif.
All Health Occupation Seniors have recently earned their State of Maine PSS (Personal Support Specialist) certification and have applied to several colleges; Katelynn Beaulieu, Riley Gagnon, and Sarah Paradis have been accepted at UMFK for the BSN Nursing program. Meghan Guerrette has been accepted at UMPI’s Education program. NMCC accepted both Angelina Dube for the RN program and Alesha Kelley for the EMT program. Sarah Majka has been accepted into SMCC’s pre-Radiology program.
First row: Sarah Paradis, Riley Gagnon, Katelynn Beaulieu, Alesha Kelley, and Sarah Majka. Back row: Meghan Guerrette and Angelina Dube.