I'm in my third week of nursing school and had a huge hit in the face today. Our first check off is next Wednesday and we have to use a fellow student as a patient, addressing them, explaining to them what we are doing all that just as if it were a real patient. Talking to people in the performance like way freaks me out. When I try to do it my throat closes and I feel like i am naked giving a national speech.
A little background; I've always been this way. I never played sports in my life because of a fear of messing up in front of my peers. My problem isn't with potential patient or other people who I most likely won't meet again, it is with people like my class mates who have the next to years to criticize me.
So how did you deal with this? What made you more comfortable etc?
Please don't tell me just get over this, it's not that easy for me. Also I do not need anyone to tell me to quit and give up my dream
I am a shy person but it is all a mind set. You need to fake confidence until you truly have it. You need to stop thinking of yourself as a nursing student and think of your self as an actress playing the part of a nurse with 20 yrs experience. Your classmates are novices just like you are. They will not criticize you because they will be nervous when they have to take the nurse role. When you are home alone practice with a stuffed animal (they will only make fun of you when you are out of the room) or something and practice your skills on them. Then move up to a real person that you trust (parent, sibling, good friend). They are your cheerleaders and want you to succeed. Eventually you get better. Will you turn into an outgoing, life of the party kind of person...no, but at least you will be comfortable talking to people.
Like I said I am a quiet, shy person around strangers. When I first introduce myself to my patient I try to break the ice by saying "Hi, I am Don I am an XXX nursing student and I will be your personal servant and will taking care of you for the next X hrs. Use me and abuse me, the busier I am taking care of you and getting things for you, the better I look to my instructor." They wont feel bad having you do things for them and in return they accept that you will need to do what you need to do to them (vitals, assessments, dressing changes, meds). Once you realize the patient is on your side to do good at clinicals, the more at ease you will feel.
Last edit by Don1984, RN on Sep 12, '13