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I am a 3rd year junior nursing student (second semester). I really love what I am learning and nursing in general so I can’t picture myself doing anything else. I am smart, but I feel clinically incompetent. For example, I still cannot manage to give a patient a bed bath, ambulate them to the bathroom, or put a patient on the bedpan; I am able to do more advanced skills like IV push meds, trach suctioning, foley insertion, NG tube insertion, etc but I can’t seem to do the basic skills expected of a student & I just feel like I am awkward with patients. I’d like to work as a student nurse this summer but I just feel ashamed and insecure.. any suggestions?

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NICU Guy has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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3 hours ago, saraclark62 said:

I am smart, but I feel clinically incompetent. For example, I still cannot manage to give a patient a bed bath, ambulate them to the bathroom, or put a patient on the bedpan; I am able to do more advanced skills like IV push meds, trach suctioning, foley insertion, NG tube insertion, etc but I can’t seem to do the basic skills expected of a student & I just feel like I am awkward with patients. I’d like to work as a student nurse this summer but I just feel ashamed and insecure.. any suggestions?

Have you asked your classmates about their comfort level? Most nursing students are going to feel the same way, excluding the students that currently work as CNAs. You are going to feel awkward until you get a little experience under your belt. Get the awkwardness out of the way as a student nurse so that it will not be an issue as a new grad nurse.

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I don't know what working as a student nurse entails, but if you can get certified as a CNA (I know this varies state to state), I'd do that and get some experience.  The only way to get comfortable is by doing it.

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