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  1. Hey there, I'm new to the boards here. I was looking for a place to ask questions and get advice. Today was my first clinical day and it was a little overwhelming. I had to give a bed bath to a patient who weighed about 300 pounds and I hadn't really had any practice that didn't involve a dummy. I just felt like an idiot because I was walking around like I didn't know what I was doing and my instructor was getting put out with me. When does it begin to make sense and you feel like you know what you are doing??
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  3. by   Momto3andNurse2B
    I wish I knew...I haven't even hit the hospital yet. I'll let you know if I have any great revelations when I do (doubtful).

    Welcome to allnurses!
  4. by   WSU_Ally_RN
    I've had a whole year of clinicals, plus a 3 month externship over the summer and I still don't feel like I know what I'm doing! I feel so flustered when I have to give a bed bath, or do a dressing change! All I can say is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!! Once you have enough practice under your belt, things become easier, but I still don't think we'll ever feel like we know it all. If you feel that way, then you need to get out of nursing.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Welcome to Allnurses.com.

    Don't let this get to you. A 300 lb. person is not the easiest patient to start with. Just take it as, now you have this experience, and you will do better next time.

    Good luck!

    Quote from LWildman
    Hey there, I'm new to the boards here. I was looking for a place to ask questions and get advice. Today was my first clinical day and it was a little overwhelming. I had to give a bed bath to a patient who weighed about 300 pounds and I hadn't really had any practice that didn't involve a dummy. I just felt like an idiot because I was walking around like I didn't know what I was doing and my instructor was getting put out with me. When does it begin to make sense and you feel like you know what you are doing??

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