Hi, make clinicals more comfortable, thats a hard one
There is always going to be a level of anxiety to anything you do new. My instructor was great. When doing skills during clinical time she was patient and helpful. Soft spoken but had a way with being encouraging.
1. Be realistic, when first going to clinicals you are not going to be handed a syringe and be expected to give injections right off the bat. But be helpful to the RN you report to, example go get supplies. Ask what you can do to help.
2. When you get skill under your belt, let the staff know exactly what you can do and what you can't.
3. Make sure you report anything that seems abnormal to the RN and instructor. (get a set of vitals before you report)
4. Be assertive!!There is no room for wishy washy nurses. Volunteer to do new skills, put yourself out there. You will be so glad you did.
5. Anything of interest tell your instructor, they love to hear your clinical experiences.
6. If you take a pt chart, tell the unit secretary. That way they won't bark at you. They are such busy people.
7. Prepare, prepare prepare!!!!!!!!
8. sometimes pt get discharged. It is a pain especially after you spent 3 hours on clinical prep. Take a new pt that is how it is going to be when you get into the real world.
9. Ask questions!!!
10. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!