Advice Needed Have To Do 1 To 1 With Clinical Instructor

  1. I've just taken my final exam and probably will theoretically pass with a B. But, for some reason I'm having trouble this semester in the clinical area (3rd semester). I've never had any trouble in the clinical area (Great past evals) but I have seemed to develop an anxiety problem which has lead me to make errors and sometimes not correctly prioritze (something that I was always able to do instinctively in the past). Well, techinically clinical is over and I'm the only one the teacher want's to bring back to the floor -- she stated she needs to see more. So, we're going up for a one day experience (pt. research the night before) and I'd better shine or I could fail. This is not funny. Has this ever happened to anyone before.

    Any and all advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks
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  3. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from Mariannsi
    I've just taken my final exam and probably will theoretically pass with a B. But, for some reason I'm having trouble this semester in the clinical area (3rd semester). I've never had any trouble in the clinical area (Great past evals) but I have seemed to develop an anxiety problem which has lead me to make errors and sometimes not correctly prioritze (something that I was always able to do instinctively in the past). Well, techinically clinical is over and I'm the only one the teacher want's to bring back to the floor -- she stated she needs to see more. So, we're going up for a one day experience (pt. research the night before) and I'd better shine or I could fail. This is not funny. Has this ever happened to anyone before.

    Any and all advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    I'm so sorry. I hope you shine!
  4. by   Indy
    Yeah, I had that...sort of, last quarter. My teacher put me on probation for basically being a spazz my first week of clinical. (well two half-days) So I had to come in on my off day (we got one, yippee) to impress her. It worked.

    Tips on this experience: Ask for specifics. What EXACTLY did your instructor see that you need to work on? What are your strengths? If you've already done clinicals with this instructor, think back and try to remember their pet peeves.

    For me, I had to cut morning coffee down to 1 smallish cup before clinicals, do a mini workout the morning of, (to get awake and work off nervousness the old fashioned way) and buy drug cards so I wouldn't be up half the night making them, and make notes during clinicals on what her most-asked questions about pathophysiology were so I could look it up later. And since our medsurg clinicals were two half-days, anything I didn't know on a thursday, I made sure to look it up for friday.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.
    -indy
  5. by   Rapheal
    Two students had similiar experiences when I was in school. Both said the instructors were so much nicer one on one and both went well. I hope this happens with you. Good luck.
  6. by   Carolanne
    Try not to panic. Don't think of it as a scrutinizing session, she could be trying to help you and see in what areas you need improvement. I'm sure she's aware of your prior good evaluations and it could actually be a good learning experience. So take a deep breath ... you'll do fine!
  7. by   Mariannsi
    It's official I've passed the theory component of RN III with a B. All I have to do now is shine on Tuesday -- and I will like a diamond - flawless!


    Thanks for everyone's kind words and support - - I love this site. I'll check in with all next Tuesday to let you know how well I shined. Anyway, In my mind the hard part is over and I have just one more clinical day.

    Mare
  8. by   justjenny
    Quote from Mariannsi
    I've just taken my final exam and probably will theoretically pass with a B. But, for some reason I'm having trouble this semester in the clinical area (3rd semester). I've never had any trouble in the clinical area (Great past evals) but I have seemed to develop an anxiety problem which has lead me to make errors and sometimes not correctly prioritze (something that I was always able to do instinctively in the past). Well, techinically clinical is over and I'm the only one the teacher want's to bring back to the floor -- she stated she needs to see more. So, we're going up for a one day experience (pt. research the night before) and I'd better shine or I could fail. This is not funny. Has this ever happened to anyone before.

    Any and all advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    My friend just had to go through a similar experience.
    It wasn't her clinical skills....but her assessment assignments that we had to do...they weren't "thorough enough" according to the instructor.
    So she had to go on her own time after the semester ended and complete another assignment, etc.
    She did pass (YAY!!!) with a "C" but nursing school is stressfull enough without having to deal with that!!!

    Good luck!
    Jenny
    ADN Grad Dec 2005
  9. by   TinyNurse
    Best of luck!! I hope you shine like a star!!!

    I think that your instructor just wants to spend some "1 on 1" time with you. ( sort of like a preceptor). Instructors are there to help you!!! She most likely thinks you will benefit from some "1 on 1" this quarter.

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