Hey Michael. We were ALL tense! Going to clinicals with a bunch of 'scared' adults was like re-living childhood school days on opening day, or your first day of high school. NO one felt confortable and prepared for clinicals.
How things are going to work, I don't know in that every instructor is going to handle their class differently. That depends on the instructor and how he/she checks on you. Our instructor basically spent the day first tellling everyone where everything was located (linen, waste, etc.), assigning us a resident, giving a short background on that resident, then turning us loose to get the resident up, groomed, toileted, cleaned, out to breakfast, etc.
In some cases, we worked two-on-one. The instructor was there trying to observe everyone in class actually performing a range of skills. In many cases, you were called from your resident to perform a skill on another resident. I had a resident that was bed-ridden. So, I needed to do an occupied bed right away. But, no transfers. I was called to assist someone else in a transfer.
Also, the residents at LTC were asked to volunteer. So, many of them would be transferred, multiple times, from a chair to a wheelchair, for example, as a 'guinea pig' (they were the ones having fun --- we weren't, too nervous). We also did BP's on volunteers. The instructor would purposely get someone who had really low BP to make it more difficult to find and hear. Also, some times a number of us were brought into a room and shown a skill on someone. So, it was a whole range of activities to observe and do the skills.
Anyway, everyone was drained after that first day. As I recall, after a couple days of clinical, students started to relax a bit more. You went into the facility knowing the basics of what you needed to do, and where items were, and could concentrate more on the resident. Some residents were, of course, simpler to work on than others. We traded off (well, the instructor traded off). So, one day you worked with a rather ambulatory person. The next, someone who was bed-ridden and incoherent.
Get a good nights sleep --- you'll need it!