Quote from brandy119
Can someone who has social anxiety become a RN? I feel sometimes I do. And looking at all the classes for Nursing is making me a little nervous. I am 31 a single mom and just started back to school taking pre req's and should be able to start program fall of 2006. But why am i panicking already? I do fine interacting with people, but just the thought of people watching me(when doing clinicals) makes me a little anxious. I am a little shy, but I know I would be capable of being a great nurse, but am a little nervous.... maybe feeling like I can't do this. Is that a normal feeling? I know it's not a good attitude to have. Please give me some advise. Sometimes I may just worry too much. :imbar
Very normal, up to a point. You are taking on a challenge, probably in front of strangers, and it can be very stressful.
I feel comfortable assuring you that making a bed with your instructor watching will give you sweaty palms. It's worse when you start doing things you haven't done all your life. You will have to overcome shyness. But it most assuredly can be done. I had a patient for clinicals who was waiting for Dr to visit, then going home. I "got" to do her discharge teaching, then had time to complete almost my whole assessment, except that I hadn't checked her wound, yet. Patient dressed, ready to go home, still no Doc. So, finally, I asked--very politely--to see her wound. From her mastectomy. She was great--very matter-of-fact and quite generous. But how I did that without crying or fainting is still a mystery to me. Asking, I mean. The wound itself was just another incision, healing nicely.
I recommend getting your feet wet easily when you begin classes. Take stuff you know you can do well at. Not easy, necessarily, but the sort of things that can give you confidence. Also, you can talk to the school counsellor about ways to manage stress and anxiety. Also, get in a study group. It's a great aid for studying, but even better for venting and mutual support.