Nursing student with ADHD, struggling in clinical! - page 2
by milksgalore 4,782 Views | 41 Comments
Hi everybody, I am struggling in my advanced med-surge clnical rotation. Although I am a really compassionate and meticulous person, I don't do well under pressure and with lots of things to balance at once on my plate. Under... Read More
- 0I have had ADHD since 11..im almost 30...I tried Adderal and wellbutrin during nursing school and they did not work for me. The adderal made me feel like I was on crack and my jaw hurt all the time and the Wellbutrin did nothing at all..so havent tried sny more meds..im just determined..you gotta just center your energy and use it to your advantage...
- 0I have taken medication: Ritalin and Adderall. Ritalin used to work veeeerrrryyyyyyyyyyy verrrryyyy well for me...when I was 18. Then when I started to take it again a few years later, it stopped working! My doctor said that my metabolism must have changed for its therapeutic effect to go awry. !
I do have a timesheet, and it helps...but my timesheet is so messy! It helps a little, but it doesn't solve the problem. Though, I am working on revamping my timesheet to make it a bit neater, like switching from pen to pencil (my 1st clinical instructor didn't let us write in pencil, so it became a habit). Even though I could organize on paper, I just feel like I could be unsafe and frantic with my mind being all cloudy. I wish that there was a solution to that...
- 0Thank you!
How about when you are WITHIN one of those tasks? Like doing an assessment? I know that you don't have ADD, but sometimes I get lost in doing something like that haha. I end up hyperfocusing.
Have you found other ways to control the clutter? Are you still disorganized or are you now organized since you've made yourself a timeline?
- 0My jaw began to hurt with Adderall too! I found myself clenching my teeth in my sleep!
What did you do to get through nursing school, especially med-surge? How did you manage the chaos outside and inside of your mind?
Did you find anything else that helped you with your ADD and clinical?
Most of the stuff that I've looked up about ADD students and nursing school regard test taking and in-the-classroom solutions...but clinical is real life, and there's no sugar coating the workload there.
- 0Meds work different for everyone. ..hummm...well honestly I had to learn not to get bogged down by the useless info like percentages..I learned to focus on what the prudent nurse would do rather than how many chapters I was supposed to read. If I did not pick up the material in lecture then I would go to the text and also to pick out little things that wasnt mentioned in class such as breakfast choices for the HD pt. A lot of my teachers adk a few questions outta the reading that they didnt go into detail in clasd on. Also..if you truely understsmd the patho of whats goin..it makes it easier to remember the interventions. Its really all CONCEPTUAL...if you can think in concepts it will b easier...but the biggest reason ive done good is because Ive been a nursing assistant for 9 years, 6 in the hospitals. .so I have observed and learned A TON!!! I suggest every nursing student work at least per diem/prn..the exposure to the nursing process is invaluable