Hang in there,...nursing school is a lot of busy work!! But believe it or not,.doing all that repetitive stuff,.that isn't even "official",.is necessary,..all the assessments, careplans, looking up the same med over and over takes time,.often seems like a waste of time,..but one day in the future,.it will all click and be 2nd nature to you,.you will be thinking and doing all these things at once w/o consciously thinking about it!! While introducing yourself at the begining of your shift,.just chatting w/your pt,.you will note to yourself,.how is the pt breathing?,.is there any urine in the foley?,.what color is it?,.is the pt pale or pink?,.do they appear to be in pain?,..are they confused?,..are they lethargic?,.anxious?,......even though you don't have that "care plan" in front of you,.you will think,..do I need to get this pt up and walking around,.how much is the output related to the fluids going in,....it will all just fall together,..you will have the critical thinking skills you need to care for your pts,....you will be a nurse!! It will all come w/time,..watch what goes on around you,.ask questions,..why did we give med A?,..why is that pt on bedrest but this pt needs to walk?,..why did RT choose CPaP instead of BiPap?,...you can make the who day a learning experience by paying attention and ASK QUESTIONS!!!! Good luck to you,.hang in there,.we all had to start at the begining!!!!