Hello, I'm new here and I've just turned 19. Today was my first day of my first placement as a nurse. Basically it's the first time I've ever been on a ward as a student nurse and performed my skills on actual patients in a health care setting.
My first day wasn't that bad but it wasn't that great either. All my friends were saying that they feel it has been great, but I've discovered that I'm really clumsy when it comes to certain skills, hence the username
And another thing is that whilst performing blood glucose monitoring on patients, at times I didn't manage to puncture the finger well and as a result, I didn't succeed in acquiring a good drop of blood for testing. I think that my failure to puncture the finger well, was due to my fear of hurting the patient.
I really want to be a nurse but what has happened today makes me wonder if I will ever be good enough. Did any one of you experience such difficulties on his/her first placement and have you managed to overcome them by time? I'm a bit worried. I will appreciate any replies. Thanks.