can anyone plz help me? Am I made for nursing?

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ok.. i m a second semester Student Nurse in RN program.. we r on med surg floor these days.. more responsibilities r ok but wen it comes to IVs..thats sumthing we never gave in first semester... they didnt let us practice during skills too... so hospital is pretty much the first place where we r "practicing for real"..we r documenting on computers now :typing...thats new too.. so i m "kinda" slow in these 2 areas..but this is my only 3rd week into new semester.. but i feel like all my classmates r way ahead of me "like all the time".. :bowingpur ... i m academically good and during 1st semester i ws GREAT at clinicals.... i dont knw..but nowadays i m nervous drawing up IV meds.. my teacher is always there.. and sumtimes her presence makes me even more tense.. :redlight:

i wanna knw from u guys about ur similar experiences- if any?

also, hav u encountered nurses at ur clinical site who think u know "NOTHING" since u r student...

i m sorry but i really felt bad after this happened to me today @ clinical, (my first two weeks were awesome.. ) but today i m feeling soooooo low... :scrying:

thanx u guys!! i m new to allnurses.com and i knw u guys ROCK wen it comes to helping each other out and boosting morales :nmbrn:

ravengirl910

ravengirl910

4 Posts

I think that if you put your mind to it, you can be successful!

One thing that bothers me is the fact that your post reads like a text message. I see that you can articulate your thoughts very well, and the fact that you have been accepted into the nursing program tells me that you are a smart woman, but when you are typing a message, don't be lazy. I believe that most young people today have gotten so used to texting that they have lost the ability (or willingness) to write properly. I know that this is "only" a message forum, but I think that anytime that you are speaking to people, whether it be in person or in writing, you should strive to use proper grammer and spelling! I'm only telling you this because I see this way too often (especially with my 13 year old daughter) and I honestly wish you well in your future endeavors.:redbeathe Best of luck to you!!!!

Sarah Hay

Sarah Hay

184 Posts

your program does not require you to take a 30 hour iv course before even touching iv related things??????? yikes!!!

wife&mommyRN

wife&mommyRN

238 Posts

hi,

i am actually in the same boat. i am in an accelerated bsn program, we are in our second semester with med- surg. we just had our lab orientation yesterday with iv's and injections and it was all but helpful. i left feeling overwhelmed, terrified, and completly lost. i wish my program had a strict learning course for learning to start ivs and drawing blood, that just didn't happen and there is no way someone can expect me to be perfect @ it during my 1st semester. this is only the beginning, you will survive and get used to things. if you feel you are slow ask your fellow students/ instructor how they stay organized. good luck to you :)

ravengirl910, i completly understand your frustration with the texting generation, but not to sound disrespectful or anything, but to be very honest it is 2009, most of us at times are typing these messages through our cell phones and pdas and have absolutely no time to spellcheck/ type out some of the words. i have yet to read a post and see someone using minimal text phrases and feel that they are lacking writing or speaking skills. i can often tell the difference between someone that is using a pda/ cell phone and someone that is esl. i often use texting like (@, imo, in2) not because i am being lazy, but because this is a fun place where i can come to vent my problems and also help someone else and not sound so serious about everything. we spend so much time in nursing school typing careplans and using apa for our research papers that sometimes you just want to be free in some sense, so plz try to understand from the perspective of the text typing student (i promise you that no one's careplanes/ university papers look like this). & 2 +, if this was to be an academic like enviornment, your name wouldn't be ravengirl910 & mines wouldn't be purplern2b. jmo :)

ravengirl910

ravengirl910

4 Posts

No disrespect felt from your post, purple. I do understand that most people are texters. I guess it's just one of my pet peeves, and of course I know nobody's papers are written like that. I don't really text, so I guess I haven't gotten into the habit of abbreviating myself...I'm just "old school" I suppose!:D And you have a good point, we come here to vent and have fun...I guess I was having a bad day yesterday and that's how I vented!:banghead: I would never want to offend anyone, I guess the "Mom" in me came out too much!

Good luck and have fun!!

wife&mommyRN

wife&mommyRN

238 Posts

ravengirl910, that is completely understandable and thanks for admitting that u were having a bad day. I know @ times it can seem like another language, but it's just like nursing in a way. There are so many abbreviations in the charts and it frustrates me alot too. I don;t know every abbreviation either it took me a long time to figure out what PM ment. I just ask & ppl r happy to tell me. Try it u may like it, and ur 13 yr. old will be very shocked to see that her mom speaks her language. I know, I used to teach 8th grade and they often use that language bc they think adults can't understand and you'd be suprised @ how much u learn about them.

myviefolle07

myviefolle07

46 Posts

your program does not require you to take a 30 hour iv course before even touching iv related things??????? yikes!!!

wow 30 hrs with the ivs... :eek:

no we dont hav that in my adn..but soon i will be assigned in the er.. plenty of needles there..they say :uhoh21:

myviefolle07

myviefolle07

46 Posts

i wish my program had a strict learning course for learning to start ivs and drawing blood, that just didn't happen and there is no way someone can expect me to be perfect @ it during my 1st semester. this is only the beginning, you will survive and get used to things. if you feel you are slow ask your fellow students/ instructor how they stay organized. good luck to you :)

:)

:chair:

:rcgtku:thank u for understanding..

i m practicing givin iv meds with my teacher.. one day i will be comfortable pushing them :rolleyes:

and u r rite.. umm right about our papers being in apa and care plans in "medical terminology".. i sometimes use "medical" terms so often that i am surprised at myself..

:jester: i ws texting my bff .. i wrote "ineffective traffic clearance".. cudnt believe it!! :smackingf :roll

it happens!!

myviefolle07

myviefolle07

46 Posts

No disrespect felt from your post, purple. I do understand that most people are texters. I guess it's just one of my pet peeves, and of course I know nobody's papers are written like that. I don't really text, so I guess I haven't gotten into the habit of abbreviating myself...I'm just "old school" I suppose!:D And you have a good point, we come here to vent and have fun...I guess I was having a bad day yesterday and that's how I vented!:banghead: I would never want to offend anyone, I guess the "Mom" in me came out too much!

Good luck and have fun!!

i completely understand!!

:nurse:

ellakate

ellakate

235 Posts

Myviefolle07, I hear you saying three things.

  • Uncomfortable with IV procedure
  • Uncomfortable with IV meds
  • Lack self confidence

Being a student is a very hard role and a hard job. It takes more than just class time to make it all come together. Here are a few suggestions that I am offering from my years in practice.

When I learned to start IVs we used small gauge butterfly needles and practiced on a partner. Of course, we put on the tourniquet and closely examined our classmates' arms. Some of my classmates were squeamish and didn't want to practice, and they didn't have to. Since you are on a unit, get a copy of the intravenous procedures and practice them with 'dummy' IV bags and tubing. Get a partner and put a tourniquet on and start feeling the difference between veins and arteries.

Believe in yourself. Prepare thoroughly and utilize your teacher as a resource. Now is a good time to become comfortable with all meds. After a while you will do the correct thing automatically. For me nursing is as much training as it is learning.

Don't despair. I believe that everyone has a skill that seems insurmountable as a student. Mine was taking blood pressure. That was the most mysterious thing to me until I trained my ear to identify the changes.

Maybe that is why it is called nursing "practice." :nurse: If you have gotten this far, you are qualified and competent to become a professional. Remember, school is for learning. Do the best you can. If you aren't happy with that, ask for help.

I sense from your post that you feel alone and isolated. Please know that every other student in your class has something in his/her anxiety closet. Also, on the website, we have all been where you are and we made it! So continue your education and know that you are doing just fine.

Best wishes!

GeneralJinjur

GeneralJinjur

Specializes in Psych. Has 6 years experience. 376 Posts

This sounds like me and every other student in 2nd semester. We're all terrified, but have come to accept it as the status quo.

myviefolle07

myviefolle07

46 Posts

thank u centexRN... that really helps!! :)

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