Clinicals start next week.  Met my clinical instructor today.  I’ll be on a “step-down” floor which is between an ICU and a med-surg floor.  The nurse to patient ratio is 1:4.  My instructor said that the hardest part is to get comfortable with touching a patient.  When I’m a patient, I always expect doctors and nurses to touch me and invade my personal space and I think nothing of it.  Last term, when we had actors be our patients, I realized that it’s a weird feeling to be invited into the personal space of a stranger.  I suppose I’ll get used to it.

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