Thank you for your post, Itsdabraane. It made me think about some things in a new and different way. I appreciate that.
I specialize in nursing staff development (in hospitals) and have also done some teaching at the university level. I think part of your discomfort comes from the fact that clinicals require that students learn in a way that may be new them -- and therefore unfamiliar, confusing, and uncomfortable for them. In a traditional classroom class, students are given material to learn (either through lectures, books, class exercises, etc.). The student is expected to learn what they have been given and then either repeat that information back on the test or use that information to solve problems on a test.
In clinical, the learning is more "experiential." You are not given a very structured collection of material to learn. You have to "feel your way" through the murky world of spontaneous human interaction to develop "a feel" for what works and what doesn't work in real life. It's kind'a like learning to ride a bicycle. You can learn all the scientific principles involved in balance, bike mechanics, speed, etc. ... but you are not going to be able to ride a bike until you actual practice it a bit and "get a feel" for what it is like to ride over different services, in different weather conditions, etc.
The same analogy can be made with learning almost any sport, musical instrument, craft, or profession. You can only be given part of the material you need to master to be good at it ahead of time. There is a significant part of the PRACTICE of the profession (sport, etc.) that you can only learn through trial and error -- through practicing and making a few mistakes and developing a feel for different situations.
For some students, nursing school
clinicals are the first time they have been required to learn in this experiential way in a school subject (where it really matters and they get graded). And it can be quite uncomfortable. Focus on the learning and don't get too upset by the fact that you have to make a few corrections/modifications in your behaviors as you go. That's a normal part of the learning process.