How worried should I be

  1. Here's the situation: I'm supposed to graduate Dec 06, I am on my very last rotation and I kept screwing up at clinicals today. First off, when my instructor went with me to do an assessment, I guess I didn't do he lung sounds correctly because she called me aside and asked me to demonstrate for her. Well I demonstrated on her and just did one side....just went down one side by her clavical and under her arms....well she was like what about the top two and you are supposed to go from side to side. Well I have done lung sounds a million times and I know this, but I just did one side to show her and I guess without realizing it I must have assessed my patient down one side FIRST, then did the other side instead of criss crossing. OK so that was screw up #2, screw up #1 was when I was taking the Mom and baby to the car and forgot to stop my the nursery and have them take the sensor tag off.....because as we were leaving the alarms went off:uhoh21: OK screw up #3 in post conference she was asking me about my patient and wanted to know the BP Well when I looked at my sheet one BP was normal, the other one was 98/91 and of course that was abnormal but I DID report that...and the last one I told her was 98/88 and I said "Yes I reported THEM" well when I got home and started looking at my documentation, I just wrote the last one down wrong, it was actually 98/68, so I didn't report that one but I did report the middle one. But I told her I reported THEM just in pure nervousness (because I know if anything is abnormal I DO report it) anyway I must have not reported that one because as it turns out it was not abnormal, I just wrote it down wrong. So when I turn my documentation in next week I know she is going to ask me about it. I am really scared because I feel like a was just a basket case, I don't know if it was the alarm going off and then it just spiraled from there but anyway, I'm nervous she is going to think I'm incompetant even though I have done really well in my other clinicals. Can she fail me for that? Because I keep picturing it in my mind that she is going to pull me aside and tell me I'm going to fail?
    Last edit by StormySkies71 on Nov 11, '06
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   GeminiTwinRN
    I think you should post in the Dec. 06 grad thread!

    I seriously doubt your clinical instructor is going to fail you for making one error. The way I see it, the only error you made was in your demonstration of listening to lung sounds.

    The alarms going off wasn't really a nursing error, it was just a simple mistake. I might have done the same thing, because I don't normally work mother/baby and if no one was with me I wouldn't even think of it.

    Try to relax, and you did report the pressure, so don't stress about it!

    Congrats on almost graduating!!
  4. by   BSNtobe2009
    OMG, you poor thing! I'm pre-nursing, but just from a sympathetic ear, what probably happened with you can happen to anyone...once you start making a mistake and know you are being watched and evaluated closely, you are SO focused on not making a mistake again, that you end up making one after the other.

    You just lost your confidence that day, but it helps to go home as you did, review it in your mind and know what you did wrong.

    I've had those days that I jokingly call having the "Reverse Midas touch"...instead of everything I touch turning to gold, everything I touch turns to s***!

    Good luck and congrats on almost graduating!
  5. by   Imafloat
    I am not sure how hard core your program is, but we would not be failed in our last quarter over errors like that. I would fight it if she even hinted at you failing.
  6. by   StormySkies71
    I seriously want to thank you for the responses. I got up first thing this morning (after a bad night of not being able to sleep) and checked this board to see what other people thought....and I DO feel better. I can tell this teacher singles certain people out (I have her for lecture in one of my classes) and there are "certain" people that she does not like, I don't struggle at all in my lecture classes and do very well but my nerves do get the best of me sometimes a clinical especially when I feel like I'm being watched and critiqed. And when the alarm went off, and I told her the nurses were kidding me, she was not smiling or laughing and acted very serious like I had just made a serious mistake and as one of you guys said, it just spiraled downhill from there.

    Thanks again!!
    Last edit by StormySkies71 on Nov 11, '06
  7. by   fleur-de-lis
    Everyone had bad days. If you are worried about it, would you feel comfortable making an appointment to talk to the instructor? Maybe just tell her that you know you had a bad day, and you feel like after the first thing went wrong it just spiraled from there, and ask her how she suggests you keep one event from ruining your day next time. She will likely be happy that you recognize your mistakes, that you have thought through why they occurred, and that you are seeking input to keep them from happening again. I cannot see an instructor failing a student for that!
  8. by   StormySkies71
    Quote from fleur-de-lis
    Everyone had bad days. If you are worried about it, would you feel comfortable making an appointment to talk to the instructor? Maybe just tell her that you know you had a bad day, and you feel like after the first thing went wrong it just spiraled from there, and ask her how she suggests you keep one event from ruining your day next time. She will likely be happy that you recognize your mistakes, that you have thought through why they occurred, and that you are seeking input to keep them from happening again. I cannot see an instructor failing a student for that!
    I think that's a good idea....except I don't want to confront her with this unless she confronts me first then I will tell her "you know, I was just having a really off day, and none of my patient's safety was at risk. I know some of the students would never admit to wrong doing, and I'm actually the opposite, sometimes I think that can get me in trouble

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