Quote from jkm0807
I am also an "older" student. Yes, I think it alienates me a little from 85% of my nursing class. I am a 1st year nursing student. But whats worse is that I have also developed panic/anxiety attacks. The nursing program I am in is a cc program. I feel like I have to teach myself most of the content, so I spend a lot of time outside of class/lab/clinical reading and taking mock tests. There is very little lab time built into the program so there is very little time to practice the skills before doing check offs, so I practice a lot at home, as much as I can anyway. I watch a lot of videos.
For our weekly clinical, our instructor assigns one patient to each student. We get our assignment the day before clinical. Some of us were assigned to a hospital a little over an hour away. We have to be on the floor ready to work at 6:45am. We are not allowed to park in the parking decks near the hospital so we have to park about 5 or so miles away and catch a bus. In order to catch the bus, we have to be at the stop by 6am. Therefore, I have to be on the road by 4:45am. The 2 panic attacks I have had were like clock work. The night before clinical, instead of going to bed early, I have to work on my patient data packet. It takes about 2 hours or more to answer all the questions. We have to provide proof to our clinical instructors that we are prepared to care for our patient. My attacks came at around 3:00am. With all the nursing homework, clinical prep, mom duties, I do not get to go to bed the night before clinical. I think this is what prompts my attacks. I get extremely nauseated and break out in a drenching sweat. I heave and heave and heave, but nothing comes up. I have to strip off my clothes because I am extremely hot. It takes a couple hours to get over the episode. I actually left a small puddle of sweat on the bathroom floor where I laid down for about 30 minutes. Its like all forces are working against me.
I am an older student, and it does make such a difference when I went back. The life skills just saved me.
For clinicals, I use to spend so much time getting ready. I purchased some resources that helped to save me time: mp3 player - holds drug guide, skills list, med surg or pdf reference needed. I also purchased a Nurse's Pocket Guide Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationalales, and also Nursing Careplan by Doenges, Moorhouse, and Murr.
I had to learn how to prioritize where I put my work effort. If it has a high percentage grade, I worked on it. If it was pass/fail, I worked on making sure I learned my basics.
It is most important to sleep at night, but keep up the good work.