Do you remember when you were a nursing student?

  1. Hello,

    I'm in my first year and a bunch of us were talking about how our first day of clinical almost a year ago was compared to now. We have been encouraged to speak up and participate when doctors ask us questions during patient rounds. It doesn't really bother me much but certain doctors I see and feel like running the other way when I see them because they are so intimidating. Is this normal and how did you overcome the fear of some doctors? I'm just hoping some day I will grow to feel like a professional nurse any tips for success would be appreciated!!
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  3. by   itsnowornever
    My best advice? Your approach should mirror theirs. If they joke, you joke. If they are serious, you're serious. So far it's worked for me.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    ^ Great perspective.

    Remember that they put on their undies one leg at a time, just like anyone else. You can respect their years of practice (more than yours, obviously) and their expertise; that doesn't mean you have to fear them or their opinions about you (as if they even have any ). Just remember that there are nurses who also have those years of practice and expertise, and you're not intimidated by them, are you?

    If a physician intimidates you, that's your perception. You are allowed to change it. Part of their responsibility is teaching, and that includes you. If you have a question, ask it. Helps if you preface it by saying something you already know about the subject, and then ask for clarification or more info. The good docs will be pleased and able to answer. The others -- well, who cares what they think? Not you.