I am in an accelerated nursing program
and am due to graduate in December. I have had issues with anxiety all of my life. My doctor just prescribed me Serax to take as needed for anxiety, and also Xanax XR, to see which one I like better. I'm just scared to take them while working. I am doing my practicum in the Emergency Room, which I think may add to my anxiety but I love ER nursing. I just started my practicum 4 weeks ago, and I don't really feel like I fit in. My preceptor is really intimidating and really independent, I feel like she expects me to know how to do things after she shows me once or twice. However, I am a really slow learner. I have really bad ADD and take Adderall daily for it (which I know does not help with the anxiety issue but it helps me focus better). Most of the time I am scared to ask her questions about things she's already told me/taught me because I feel like I should know how to do it. I feel like I don't know the things I should know by now that we learned in school. I just hope this all gets easier. I also have a problem with my hands shaking, which is something I have had my whole life. I think it runs in my family because my dad and sister have the same problem. Since I've started doing IVs the patients are asking me why I shake, and its really embarassing for me. I am always on edge when there, mainly because I have really bad social anxiety. Can anyone please give me some advice on how to fit in better while I'm there, what I can do to ease some of my anxiety while working, and maybe some similar experiences if you have any? Thank you!