I am currently a nursing student in med surg clinical who is a newly hired patient care associate in a hospital. I am finding myself stricken with some pretty severe anxiety in my job. I always struggle with a feeling of dread before nursing clinicals but I make it through just fine. My main problem is arising at work. I can handle my unit fairly well, because it is just an non-monitored ortho floor with the occasional bari patient. However, being low on the totem pole I am finding myself pulled to specialty units. The other night I had an anxiety attack from being pulled. I really enjoy the satisfaction I get from helping patients, so I know its not an issue of wanting out of healthcare. I need to overcome this because it is obviously going to be a part of my reality being in the healthcare field. Any advice would be appreciated!
I am not a nurse yet, but I do work as a patient care technician on a busy medical/surgical/orthopedics floor. I definitely understand your feelings, as I have felt them, and I think the best way to combat your anxiety is to get to the bottom of WHY you feel so anxious. I believe that many health care providers feel anxiety because they simply do not know what to expect at work. As a nurse, your day may be extremely predictable or extremely unpredictable, which makes it ultimately unpredictable. You may be anxious because you are afraid of the unknown and whether or not you can handle the unknown, Ex. Being floated to specialty units in a moment's notice. My advice to you would be to improve and gain confidence in your SKILLS. This will allow you to feel more adequate in unpredictable or challenging situations and decrease your anxiety. Finally, PLEASE know when to ask for help. Communicate your feelings with your employer, preceptor, professor, and colleagues. You know how they say that it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it takes an entire team to take care of a patient and you should not be alone in this. Best of luck!
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