I am a second-semester nursing student, and at least one day out of every week, I start to question myself. It's either because I'm still not nailing the exams, or, even worse, am not having good clinical sessions.
After many sessions of administering medications, I always find myself being disorganized and making mistakes. So far, none of them have been serious, and were able to be resolved, but I question whether I'm going to do it right when it really matters. I hate having to look my instructor in the eye after performing a skill, because I know she'll be disappointed in my performance.
My self-doubts have caused me physical symptoms as well. Every night before clinical I have difficulty sleeping, because I always have intense palpitations. In the mornings, I often wake up sick, with nausea, an upset stomach, and dizziness in addition to the heart palpitations.
Will these things go away over time, or should I consider finding another career?