This semester I have to go to clinical three days a week. On Thursday and Friday I have adult/older adults where I get to do all of the nursing skills that I have learned so far. But, on Mondays, I have psych clinical. Today we had orientation for it. I'm a little more comfortable after orientation, but I'm still very nervous. During our psych clinical, they won't let us practice our main skills like passing medications, baths, etc. Instead it's basically all COMMUNICATION for 6+ hours! Basically we each get a patient and we are expected to spend the day with them communicating. Orientation was a shorter day so we only get to join a group to meet some of the patients.
My problem is that communication is actually my weakest nursing skill. I'm dreading next Monday. I can't imagine having to spend 6+ hours TALKING to someone/following them around. Most students worry about saying the wrong thing (I do, too), but I worry more about... what the hell is there to say for several hours?
Does anyone have any advice? I'm just really nervous. I can't wait until this semester is OVER! May where are thou? lol.