Quote from marcialpn
I have been in your position to at least a certain extent. I had a lot of anxiety going through nursing school
and especially clinicals. There is a lot of anxiety because it I think it needs to be to help us become better and conscious nurses. Do you know why you are anxious? First search that question and maybe that will help you decide. Do you feel that nursing is not for you? I am not sure how other nurses feel but I felt that way many times throughout my program. It was nip and tuck for me for a while, too. My advice is to hang in there; you have come so far. And you should applaude your self and give yourself a hugh pat on the back. Let me know if I can help with this further. Incidently I have been a nurse for almost 20 years!
I know it is so easy for us to say, calm down, hang in there, etc etc etc.
BUT! Do hang in there, you know the material needed to apply to clinicals.
You need to sit down and make a list of why you are freaking out so bad. Is it, fear of making an error? fear of not being good enough? fear of interacting with strangers? whatever, you need to make that list and then think of ways to deal with each stressor.
Everybody makes errors, but if you are knowledgeable (your grades are good, you are knowledgeable) and you think through what you are doing, your errors will be few and minor. Like putting ice in the pitcher when they prefer room temp H2O. An error yes, but oh so unimportant.
Don't worry about the possibility of not being good enough, we all have those feeling once in a while and we always find out we were more than good enough. If we weren't we wouldn't be there! You are going to be a great nurse if you want to. And, I believe you want to because you have managed to get this far with this much stress.
Trouble interacting with strangers, just remember, pts need you and will quickly accept you as their guide and assistant through their time of need. You are the knowledgeable one, they need you. Just be kind to them and do not judge them, they will be very thankful you are there.
Whatever you find on your list, most of us can give you at least a zilliion examples of why you should not be stressed over it. Give it a try, you might just find out you belong in nursing!