Terrified of clinicals - page 2
by Brekka 2,457 Views | 11 Comments
I'm not sure whether I'm asking for advice or just venting, though it is probably the latter. I have just started my second semester of nursing school, and am still learning a lot of basic things. This semester I was assigned... Read More
- 1Feb 8, '11 by mspontiacQuote from tashacorinneSounds like you have it good! We are required to come in the day before, select patients, and do a 20-page writeup prior to clinical the next morning. It's brutal and most of us perform patient care running on about two hours of sleep. I'm in my last semester and our instructor has waived the paperwork because she said it's time to "act like real nurses." Hallelujah!!!!That is always how I feel at the beginning of a new semester of nursing school and each semester just seems to be getting harder and harder. I try to take things one day at a time. This semester I have one of the best clinical instructors, but he sounds like your instructor. He expects us to come to clinical fully prepared. I've been told by other students that we need to memorize labs, so I made flash cards and studied them. My instructor also requires us to come in two hours earlier than required to get patient information and prepare for clinical. Yes, time consuming and hard, but I know it will be worth it. He is a very educated and smart man who loves to teach. The hard ones are the best. You can pull through this. Study hard and take it one day at a time
- 0Feb 8, '11 by ComeClarityQuote from mspontiacThis statement is so true it's not even funny.Sometimes the instructors who seem the most intimidating and threatening at first turn out not to be as bad as you expected. They are usually the ones who bark the loudest at first, have the highest standards, and who you will learn the most from. Try to let it slide off of you, be prepared, and maintain an open mind about the instructor. I'd be willing to wager that once you show her that you are capable, she will step back and allow you to do your job. I had two instructors just like her. Scary at first, but not as bad as I expected as time went on. You may be pleasantly surprised.