I'm in my 4th semester of nursing school
with one more semester to go until I graduate with a BSN and can take the NCLEX test. My grades in the program are excellent, but it always seems to take me a lot longer to get my work done that most of the other students. This semester we are studying critical care and the material is more complex. I am really struggling with my critical care clinical logs. Each week, a detailed critical care report will take me 12 to 15 hours to complete, and I'm not including time taken for rest breaks. When I discuss this with my instructor or with other students, they think I'm greatly exaggerating how much time it takes to write these reports. I only wish that I were exaggerating.
I am also having quite a lot of difficulty now that we are expected to understand the medical conditions and care for three or four patients simultaneously. Listening to morning report is a nightmare due to the volume of information I am expected to understand and keep track of in a short period of time. I can't even write it down the information in my notes because the nurses coming off shift are speaking so quickly.
Will I be able to adapt and get up to speed once I gain more experience, or am I destined to be fired from my first hospital RN job?
Part of the picture is that I have non-hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder, which makes sustaining concentration more difficult. I am already on the maximum dose of methylphenidate for this condition plus I drink two coffees per day to keep my energy and attention level high.
What can I do about this? Thanks for any help!