Clinical Rotation Issues - Nursing Students

If you're a nursing student, you're likely just trying to make it to the next day. Nurses work incredibly hard—and that workload doesn't start simply when you get a job. Nursing students have to manage high didactic course loads and a long series of practical work opportunities set in hospitals or care facilities. During these weeks-long sessions, a nursing student has the opportunity to apply the theoretical skills they've learned in clinical settings.

These opportunities to experience life as a nurse are often referred to as clinical rotations—designated, essential parts of your nursing program that allow you to apply what you've learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. These rotations are very important for your education. If anything happens to impair your ability to complete these rotations, your degree would very likely be in danger.

That's why it's important to take decisive action now to make sure that nothing stands in your way. If you have any past misconduct on your record or outstanding disciplinary action, you might not be eligible to complete your clinical rotations. This could stand to end your nursing career before it fairly begins.

At the Lento Law Firm, we don't want to see your investment in your nursing career go to waste. Allow us to help you protect your future nursing career, starting today. It's time to build a strategic and strong case to clear your name, so nothing stands between you and your professional dreams.

Typical Clinical Rotations for Nurses: What They Are, and Why They're Important

While the specific requirements for graduation for every program will differ slightly, there's a very high chance that your nursing program contains a significant portion of clinical rotations.

Clinical rotations provide an opportunity for nursing students to interact with patients and doctors while under constant supervision and guidance. They generally take place in a local healthcare facility. The different rotations that nursing students undertake typically help expose the student to a wide variety of specialty areas, so the student can make an informed choice when it's later time to choose a field of practice.

It's a good idea to reference your school's documentation to learn more about your clinical rotation schedule. However, there are some constants. For example, during the earliest clinical rotations, nursing students typically perform basic duties such as changing bed linens and managing charts. As nursing students continue through their education, they may take on more responsibilities.

These rotations are vital because they offer a good representation of what it's actually like to practice as a nurse. During a rotation, a student learns:

  • How to follow protocol in a real-life setting
  • How to communicate with patients, colleagues, and families
  • How to perform interventions
  • How to have a good bedside manner

Because these rotations are so important for helping students glean these critical skills, they are usually a requirement for graduation. If anything happens to get in the way of their completion, the involved student might not be able to receive their degree as planned.

When Misconduct Matters: Your Past Could Impact Your Future

Any type of misconduct that occurs while you're working and studying at your hospital or care facility will be problematic for your clinical rotations. While the specific type of misconduct doesn't have to relate to your clinical experience, your supervisors will be watching your actions during your rotations very closely. The ramifications of any missteps you make could ultimately be severe.

Whether you're dealing with the repercussions of misconduct in your past or any allegations that you're facing right now, you need to have competent and clever legal advisors on your side. Why?

Even though your school's disciplinary board is not a court of law, a trained attorney-advisor will have the experience and expertise that you need to work towards success. Your advisor will be able to help you:

  • Analyze your nursing school's code of conduct
  • Investigate your past conduct and help you build a timeline of events
  • Prepare any statements or documents that you need
  • Hold your school accountable for respecting your rights
  • Appeal, if necessary
  • Prepare you for any meetings
  • Brainstorm further steps if needed

Your attorney-advisor will be there for you to help you protect your future in any way needed. If your school offers you representation during your disciplinary process, it's a good idea not to accept that. School attorneys rarely have the training needed to do a good job on a case like this - and school attorneys will, if push comes to shove, be loyal to your school instead of you.

It's vastly important to have your own representation. At the Lento Law Firm, we're dedicated to making sure that nursing students have the bright future they've worked hard to secure. Allow us to do the same for you.

Rely on Joseph D. Lento to Help You Protect Your Future

If you're a nursing student, you've worked very hard to get where you are. You've put your social life on hold. You've studied through sleepless nights. You're ready to embark upon a career of helping people, and you don't want anything to stand in your way.

As you're going through clinical rotations, your school, program, and clinical supervisors will be watching you in order to assess your eligibility and competency. If anything happens that someone could construe as clinical misconduct, they may question whether they want you working on their team. As a result, you might not be able to finish your clinical rotations.

This would necessarily have a large impact on your career. You don't want your career curtailed before it even begins. You need to make sure that, if you have misconduct in your past, you've dealt with it prior to initiating your clinical rotations.

You need to work with Joseph D. Lento to secure your best chance for your future. Joseph D. Lento has helped thousands of students over many years as they fight disciplinary action at their schools. He has committed to making sure that your school is accountable to your rights.

Contact the Lento Law Firm today to learn more about how we can protect your nursing career. Call us today at 888-535-3686.