Hey all, I am a first termer in my 3rd week of clinicals. I really do enjoy nursing school
so far, but it is so challenging. I hear its normal to feel depressed, tired, and wanting to give up, but is it? I know I will not give up till i have my RN license, but this really is hard. I have been doing good so far, but i am borderline in 2 of my classes, even though I study really hard. But the think that I hate the most so far is clinical days. I love being with the patient, and giving them they help they need, thats why I got into nursing. But i hate the fact that a lot of the time i dont what in the world im doing. I really am kind of disapointed with the way it is set up to be honest. I guess I kind of figured there would be a teaache with us at all times to guide us. But really I just do an assessment and take vitals and do my careplans. I feel kind of worthless, and that im getting in the way of the actual nurse. I also feel bad doing assessments on the patient that arent even official. Is it normal to not really know what your doing? I mean I want to learn how to do the IV machines and how to change out the drains, but seems like all im doing is bedbaths and changing beds, and giving a subq here or there. When there is something I dont know how to do the nurse does it, but she just does it, and she isnt exactly teaching me and it goes by so fast that I didnt learn anything at all. Basically i haven't learned a real lot in my clinical experience so far, and I wanted to know if this is normal. I guess you pick it up after repetition but, im not even bein shown how to do stuff.