First day of clinicals .. does this get easier? - page 3

I'm a first semester nursing student and I just had my first clinical day today. I've been doing very well in the classroom, but this is a whole other deal. I've never worked in any sort of medical or caretaker situation and... Read More

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    I am right there with you... clinicals is very overwhelming. I have found that in time you get more comfortable...but I still do not feel nearly as comfortable as I should... The way I look at it is... we are nursing students right? It wouldn't make sense for us NOT to feel uncomfortable in this setting...this is new to us, and we are here to learn...\if we felt confident and secure in this setting there would be no need for clinicals! Its totally normal what your going through... I too am having a hard time regaining my confidence in the clinical setting. Don't doubt yourself, everyone has their good days and their bad days. I have come home from clinicals SO happy and excited that I am going to be a nurse, and the other days in tears wondering if this is really right for me.. its normal to have doubts, especially when your under constant pressure to do well. Don't give up, give it time... your not alone

    I too have to tell myself weekly after clinicals

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    This is something you get over or you won't. Don't beat yourself up over this. Be yourself! Believe in yourself and act confident, even if you aren't. Don't let your negative self-talk to get the better of you. Sometimes, we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to allow ourselves to experience and learn what we need to learn in life. We may not like it, but it allows us to grow. Only you know what you need to change within yourself. Obviously, you recognize what your issue is. It is up to you and only you, to change or not change it.

    I am sure there are many shy and quiet nurses out there who aren't as outgoing as others may be, and they are very successful in what they do each day. Just because one is quiet and shy doesn't mean that one can or cannot do ones job, and do it well.
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    These are all really good replies!

    I used to be the same way last year!... I relied on my fellow students for advice! and Its just a new, and at times awkward experience! Good luck!

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