Just wondering.. How many patients do you typically get in your second year of nursing school?
I'm a second year nursing student and just started a new rotation on a SUPER BUSY med-surg unit in a large urban teaching hospital. We were given 3 patients plus meds yesterday and words can not even begin to describe how overwhelemed I felt! Most patients were on like 10-15 meds and I know I didnt handle the stress well at all. After the day was over, my instructor said how disappointed she was with our skills/knowledge of documenting/meds/overallknowledge base. That really hurt my feelings. I tried as hard as I could but I was just so flustered. She even gave some specific examples about what we did wrong and some of them I knew were directly about me (she was looking right at me.) I feel HORRIBLE. I'm not a bad student, I always get solid Bs on all my tests but I realize that when you're on the floor it's not like a "nclex style test" that you need to know what to do one a seconds notice. Basically, I just don't feel like everything has clicked
yet (if you know what I mean.) Like I can sit down and tell you signs/symtpoms, lab values, meds, etc but I can't put the whole picture together at clinical.
I can't plan well and I dont know how to improve. Please tell me soemone else feels this way!
I just want to be good student and a good nurse when I graduate. Thanks!