Class smart vs. clinic smart - page 2

by rock&run

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Help! I'm having trouble with confidence in clinicals. I do great in the class portion but once I step on to the hospital floor, all of a sudden I feel lost. This is my 2nd semester of classes & the first semester of clinicals... Read More


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    Im glad I found this threat, Im worried about the same thing. I know i can handle the material, but so scared that once I get on the floor, I'll be sooo nervous about making mistakes I'll end up being a wreck. Practice makes perfect right? lol I Know it really comes down to confidence. Work it girl!
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    Building confidence takes time. Remember, we are students and still learning. Don't feel bad if you don't know something, just keep asking questions. Don't be so hard on yourself. It was only until my last semester in my preceptorship that I felt I could really be on my own as a nurse.
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    I could totally relate to this. I'm in my 3rd year and I still feel like this at times but I've found that pre-reading helps ALOT so that you'll be able to ask lots of questions and get a better understanding. Plus when you finally get the hang of something it feels so good to see that you've learn something and learned it correctly and that of course help to improve your self confidence
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    I feel the same way so you're not alone. I'm an A student but on the floor I get all jumbled up. For example, I practiced Foley and NG tube stuff a million times in lab and had it down pat, but as soon as I had a real patient in front of me my brain froze.

    But it does get better the more you do it. At first I was afraid to even say hi to a patient and ask about how they're pooping and peeing, but by the 4th patient it was no big deal. You gain more confidence the more you practice. It will come with time
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