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. is in the Emergency Department at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado. For the past 2 years it has been in the back of every nursing student’s mind that one day we will have to go from classroom to hospital, eventually being responsible for the lives of future patients. This is an intimidating thought to say the least. Upon arriving in the ED at McKee, I was very nervous. I immediately had doubts about my nursing assessment skills and critical thinking abilities.
Capstone's experiences build confidence
However, my capstone placement here in Loveland, Colorado has given me the confidence, teaching, and knowledge to one day become a competent, independent practicing RN. The environment here has been like none other and the staff are always eager to teach. Working in the Emergency Department has really opened my eyes to the world around us and the health issues that people are facing every day. From running codes to inserting nasogastric tubes to starting peripheral IV after peripheral IV, I have felt abundantly blessed with my experiences. This department really supports their students and want you to succeed.
Overall, the nights spent pouring over textbooks and hours spent taking notes have finally come to life in real practice. It has greatly challenged my critical thinking skills and set me up well for the future. I have found it very rewarding when medicine meets patient and you are able to play a part in someone's healing process. I truly couldn't have asked for a better capstone experience.
Story placed: 4/9/2019