I have been in school a few months. We had "lab" for skills but it wasnt the greatest and we just did everything one time. I didnt even get apical or lung sound practice (kind of disorganized then at the end sometimes would make us rush). We are done with lab now and our first clinical day with patients was today. Im hoping it gets better, but I just felt akward and unsure of what I was supossed to be doing and when. My patient was older and had dementia etc. When we arrived they were already starting breakfast. I fed my patient and then took him back to his room and did vitals the best I could despite having little practice and the clothing being in the way. I believe he has to wear long sleeves. Anyways after that I put him in the hallway sitting in the wheelchair. I asked a worker and they told me to. Then he pretty much slept. I just felt akward (I normally have anxiety),not knowing what to say to the patient while he was awake (and the fact hes not really verbal etc.) So what do you do (I could try to ask my teacher) when it says incontinent care q2-3h or prn and the patient is sleeping or not able to communicate. A nurse told me they pretty much stay up when they are taken out of bed. I guess next time my teacher is going to try to have us get them out of bed. I have no experience at all with patient contact. Its just not knowing a routine and being brand new its overwhelming. Any suggestions or tips to help me succeed and also to get as much of a routine down and time management skills THANKS! Im book smart but hands on things I tend to learn slower. My anxiety doesnt help.