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what kinds of hands on activities do you learn in nursing school?

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Sharon’s Answer

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Nursing students learn a lot of hands-on skills! Physical assessment usually starts with vital signs measurements - temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure - and obtaining a patient's history. Students then progress through body systems to learn how to assess cranial nerves, the eyes, the ears, the heart and lungs, the abdomen, etc. Nursing students also learn a lot about therapeutic communication, how to bathe patients, administer oral medications and injections, start IVs, insert urinary catheters, take care of colostomies, administer oxygen, insert nasogastric tubes, administer tube feedings, and much more!
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Kerrie’s Answer

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This may depend on the program you choose and the area you are located, but most nursing schools have a basic core curriculum that allows nursing students hands-on experiences with medication administration; body assessments; IV insertions; NG tube placement; basic wound care; sterile technique (donning and doffing gown and gloves; inserting a urinary catheter), removing lines, drains, and catheters; discharge readiness; admissions; prepping patients for surgery; pain scales; sedation scales; using risk assessment tools; daily intakes and outputs; weights; bed-making; bed baths; fall precautions; IV medication therapy; and much, much, more!
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Andrea’s Answer

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Everything!!! If make yourself willing and available to help your opportunities can be endless. I did IV'S, catheters, trach care, blood transfusions just to name a few.
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