My instructor said I need to have more confidence in myself. I am trying but..... - page 2

She says I really need to be confortable in the clinical setting? I am trying but this is all very new to me and I thought the confidence would come later......she wants it now!:uhoh21: Each week I... Read More

  1. by   Little Panda RN
    Quote from crb613
    Bless your heart! I think we have all felt overwhelmed at times.....don't let this get you down. All this stuff comes w/experience & when you are more comfortable w/what you are doing you will relax. Have you ever started a new job & felt like you would never learn it all? but you do & after a while it is just not a problem. This will be the same way...you will learn & develop your own ways to deal w/things.Next time maybe just ask the visitor to step out for a few mins & explain there are some thing that you need to do. What time do you start your clinical day? If its early then make it your priority to get your assessment & vitals before breakfast is served. Don't be too hard on yourself we all have to learn....no one was born w/all these skills it takes time & practice. I am still a student & I bumble & stumble all the time...feel like an idiot a lot but I am learning & you will too! I just wanted you to know you are not the only one who has felt like this but don't give up! You will be fine! Good luck & here's a big :icon_hug:
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, it means so much I start clinicals at 7am, first we have report and then we head to our patients room. Today went much better, I was sure to get the assessment done first thing. I was determined that no one was going to get my patient before I did. I had my assessment done by 8am The RN I was working with was wonderful. It makes a day go so much easier when there is an experienced nurse there who does not mind having a student. I did not feel so overwhelmed, but do you ever feel like you will never know as much as the more experienced nurses? I admire the nurses I have worked with, they are so knowledgeable and they look as if they could conqer the world. I sure hope that is me someday. Anyways thank you again, the hug meant alot!
  2. by   crb613
    Quote from nd_mom
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, it means so much I start clinicals at 7am, first we have report and then we head to our patients room. Today went much better, I was sure to get the assessment done first thing. I was determined that no one was going to get my patient before I did. I had my assessment done by 8am The RN I was working with was wonderful. It makes a day go so much easier when there is an experienced nurse there who does not mind having a student. I did not feel so overwhelmed, but do you ever feel like you will never know as much as the more experienced nurses? I admire the nurses I have worked with, they are so knowledgeable and they look as if they could conqer the world. I sure hope that is me someday. Anyways thank you again, the hug meant alot!
    Yeah!! I am so glad you had a good day!& I am so glad I was able to help ya a little. I will graduate in May & I feel like I don't know nearly enough! I am constantly in awe of the nurses....they seem to know so much & are so confident & I hope maybe one day I will be like that too. Just do your best & let your heart be your guide...ya can't go wrong.
  3. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    Instructors do not understand where you are in your life, ask them some questions that they won't know the answer for, ie research something like how much glucose is in a liter of blood, than ask them questions like this once a day. It will make them realize that they are just as inconfident as you. Try not to become confrontational or defensive, they love to eat you alive when you are like this and write about it to their managers. If your preceptor does not like you, you may be up sh*t creek without a paddle, but relax because you will get another job . ICU psychosis is real, but unfortunantley you will not have time to step outside or enjoy a breath of fresh air or loom at your desk with your morning coffee as your preceptor does.

    Find a friend you trust outside of work to complain about your preceptor to and make sure that the complaints are reciprocated (from your friend, mutual venting).

    Now, you are in nursing boot camp, welcome to hell (why is it that so many nurses dont believe in hell?) . This is your time to prove yourself. You are a knight in shining armer, an angel sent from God beleive that. When someone challenges you be ready to be the bigger person. Think of someone you know who was highly successful and live their life in the face of adversity. Ask yourself what they would do? This is the worst time of your life, REVEL in your pity!


    :follow up

    so glad that you found a new preceptor. best of luck and intelligence.
    Last edit by EricTAMUCC-BSN on Nov 13, '05

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