Clinical instructor said I'm too quiet - page 3

by jes07

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The other day, my clinical instructor told me I am too quiet and that I should be more assertive. I know she probably told me this for my own good and I should be more assertive, but it made me feel bad. From the way she was... Read More


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    I'm also introverted, and I was terrified in a med surg clinical when the instructor said to me, "Hmm, you're a quiet one".
    It wasn't an accusation, but rather she gave me the quiet patients that preferred lots of 1:1 interaction and would be overwhelmed
    with my more boisterous classmates. I had a ball and learned a lot, and got over having to talk to patients.

    Now I'm happy as a clam in my practicum, because I'm not in a big group and have a lot of interaction with my preceptor and
    my patients.

    My advice is to take advantage of your instructor's wisdom, and come out of your shell a little bit. It will only increase your confidence.
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    It is NOT a bad thing. I was very quiet throughout nursing school and clinical. I always asked for clarification when needed, asked questions and tried to get involved as much as I could during clinical. I knew my stuff. But I was always told by my instructors during my evaluations that I was quiet and I needed more confidence. I've been a nurse for almost two years and I have been successful. In fact, I think I have shed that "quiet" quality. I have really grown out of my shell since being a nurse student and being a new grad to now. Don't let that discourage you.
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    I think it is ok to be quiet. Just don't let being quiet keep you from stepping up and volunteering for learning opportunities. If you stand quietly behind all of the other students your instructors will likely conclude you are trying not to be noticed because you lack the confidence. It might not be an accurate assessment, but how is your instructor to know if you don't step out of your comfort zone? As nurses, we have to do that sometimes. And by all means, ask questions. Be brave and answer a peers question if you know the answer. I think your instructor wants to know that you can advocate for your patients and for yourself. Sometimes, being an advocate means being loud until someone listens - loud, but not obnoxious.
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    Quote from watashi
    GrnTea,
    Can you tell us some of these "Introvert friendly" nursing positions? And are they something nursing students get to experience? I am having struggles similar to the OP. I'm a second-semester nursing student and so far all we've done is med-surg, which has definitely been not.
    Anything that gives you the true autonomy of being self-employed will require a lot of experience and continuing education after nursing school. But there are things like legal nursing, case management, medical fraud investigation, research, ethics committees, risk management, and others that would allow you a lot more time to be working on your own. They won't totally take you away from others, but they will give you the opportunity to recharge yourself as Susan Cain mentions.
    Susan Cain: The power of introverts | Video on TED.com


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