I am having a terrible time with performance anxiety at both school during clinical skills testing and at the clinical site with my instructor. Problem is, I know how to do the skills, but when it comes to doing them in front of someone or having to "test off" on the skills, I freeze and become a babbling idiot and my mind shuts down.
I do not know how to improve this. Does anyone else struggle with this and if so what advice do you have? I am terrified that they (the clinical instructors) are going to get rid of me thinking I will never have any confidence. I am doing well in my classes and pass my clinical testing the second time but I need to know how to control my fear especially in front of a patient!
I really do feel totally incompetent. How do I believe in myself more?