so as the title says i have been feeling a little like a burnt out candle whenever i am on placement.
i am a 19 y.o male currently in 2nd year of a 3 year rn program at an australian university.
i really really enjoyed my 2 clinical placements at a nursing home last year however this year i was awkwardly thrown into a busy public hospital and i am feeling a little confused.
i am generally great academically and i do not have to apply any effort to get great marks, i simply listen up in class, do assignments on the last day and still pass everything with distinction!
i have been feeling that i do not have enough clinical knowledge and i am underhanded because this is my first time in a hospital as a nurse and my student colleagues constantly seem to get better treatment because they know the ins and outs of the administrative side of being in a hospital. i do however have the ability to answer tricky questions about actual medical terminology and things like anatomy and physiology when the other students cannot.
i have only had a few days on the ward this year due to missing a month worth of clinical due to being admitted to hospital for the 4th time this year and i am already feeling like i have been working too long.
i try to get enough sleep however i still find myself closing my eyes during handover meetings, seminars, etc.
i also find it difficult to stand for extended amounts of time (although i am pretty much forced to be on my feet 8.5 hours each shift with only a short break) due to the fact that i shattered my left leg in a motorcycle accident which was unfortunate as i was wearing full protective gear which probably saved my life.
i am generally outgoing and dont mind participating in the female chit chat that goes on, but lately i just don't want to hear about how xyz has been trying to get pregnant for 6 months and lots of very inappropriate conversation that goes on as if i don't exist
has anybody ever been too tired during the day and not being able to cope with the constant dramas of being on a ward comprised of 99% female staff (i am the only male nursing student in the hospital, and 1 of about 20 males in a group of 500 students).