Quote from wismommy
I am a bit of a perfectionist and set high goals for myself, but I m worried about how my instructors view me now after this. I get nervous during skills exams (fear of failure) and need some advice!
As an instructor, I can tell you how I would view you. I would see you as:
I fear you may be intimidated during skills check-offs., viewing it as something out to get you. I want all my students to succeed, but they won't always, just as I won't always succeed.
In my unit, I am the one they ask to do the difficult IV starts. However, the other day, I just COULD NOT get the IV started! It was not my day. You will still have those days after 20 years as a nurse.
All you can really do is practice until you feel fluent in the skill. Understand why you didn't pass & keep practicing. Have a friend watch you & criticize your performance. Most of all, keep going. Did you learn from your mistakes? I bet you did. The scary nurse is not the one who is imperfect, it is the one who thinks they are already perfect.
Tell yourself what you would tell your wn kids: tomorrow is another day, brush yourself off & keep going. You wouldn't think badly of your child for making mistakes, so learn from your own and keep going.