I had my first day of clinical last week and it involved therapeutic/non-therapeutic conversation. I was dreading this since day 1. I am a little shy and sometimes have trouble starting conversations. So this is going to be the hardest part of nursing school for me. Once a conversation starts going and flowing I am fine, but just starting the conversation is the worst part for me. It was so hard trying to start a conversation and ask patients questions, while not trying to sound like I am interviewing them and trying not to add anything in about myself since this is a conversation about them. I ended up with an adorable little old lady who was not very talkative because she had just spent he past 4 hours in the gym and was tired. I tried using all my techniques I learned and she did give me a little information, but not much. She was just really not talkative and I got extremely nervous and at the end of the conversation I ended up just telling her today was my first day of clinical so i'm a little rusty, she said she was sure it will get better for me and I will be as amazing as all the nurses who have been taking care of her so that was a little reassuring.
I am so nervous now for next week. I know everyone else said their patients were alot more talkative than mine, but I am still nervous. I really am a people person and I work in customer service now and have small talk with customers all day long, but when it came to the patient I kind of froze up and got nervous cause it was so different and I was trying to remember so many things at once. My aunt is a nurse and she told me in time it will get better I am still new and being good with talking to patients takes time for some people.
I think I may go talk to my instructor and ask her for some tips. I really do love nursing so far and cannot imagine myself doing anything else, I just need to get talking to patients down.