any suggestions??

  1. Hey everyone.. i have to do a 10 minute presentation in my nursing issues class on some kind of current issues in nursing (to receive a grade of "A"; for a "B", we can either write a report or do a presentation, but for an "A", we have to do both!!)i am really shy so i dont know if i may just settle for a "B". i dont know yet!! anyone have any suggestions??
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  3. by   Hooligan
    Hi There!!

    I say do will help you overcome your shyness. Plus the rush at the end always feels great!! Do you have a couple friends in your class? I always found that it helps if you ask them to sit on opposite sides of the room for the day you present. That way you could look at them for eye contact and no one will have to know! Don't ever just "settle" for a B. If you honest to god earned it then B's and C's are great...but please don't settle. This is coming from experience I have always been one to "settle" and regret that now! Just my suggestion!

  4. by   colleen10
    Hi there,

    When I was in high school I was absolutely the shyest girl you could possibly ever meet. My Junior year in English class we were studying Shakespear. For extra credit we could present a monolog from Caesar. You would never have believed it but I did a 6 minute monolog (from memory). It was the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech. It was well worth the extra credit, I ended up getting an "A" for the semester. English was one of my favorite classes and that helped me get the confidence to get up in front of a room of people. I was really interested in the subject matter and it showed through my presentation. If you pick something that you are really interested in you won't have any problem presenting the information to others.

    Besides, your classmates and instructor are there to support you not criticize you. They will be more concerned with the information you are giving them than comparing you to Tom Brokaw or Katie Couric.

    Best of luck,
  5. by   colleen10
    2 more things I wanted to ad.....................

    1) you might as well do the presentation since you have to do the report anyway - half of the work is allready done

    2) Here is a trick I learned in speech / debate. When you go up to the front of the class and before you start your presentation tell the class to take a minute or two or stand up and stretch and take in some good deep breaths. This serves 2 purposes. You will feel a little more relaxed and loose when you give your speech and your audience will be more alert and if they have been sitting through a number of presentations before yours, they'll appreciate the break.
  6. by   studentnurse_02
    thanks for the replies.. i still am unsure if i will have enough guts for the oral presentation. and the presentation and written report have to be 2 seperate topics. but just wondered if anyone had any suggestions on what would be a good topic for the presentation? thanks for your help!!

    *only 109 days left till graduation!!!
  7. by   fnimat1
    Do both.....getting an A is worth it!!!!....look at it this can't be shy as a nurse. You're going to come across a lot of different people during your career. So there is no room for can do it!!!

  8. by   CarebearAngie
    Hey there,

    I would choose topics that you have a genuine interest in for the paper and definitely for the presentation. What course is it for? Are there guidelines for the topics, or can it be anything related to nursing?

    Maybe think about what you are curious about in the field of nursing...what you really want to know more about...and research it. It will make the process enjoyable and you will get through the presentation just fine because your genuine interest will show and the class will pay attention. You will be excited about sharing what you have found!

    Keep us posted.
  9. by   ADN 2002
    Hi studentnurse!

    Guess what? I have pretty much the same assignment you do! But, we don't get a choice of opting out of the oral presentation. But, it wasn't a biggie for me, I'm just talking in front of my class.

    Our instructor gave us some possible topics: medication errors, nursing shortage, anthrax, smallpox, burnout in nursing

    I am doing medication errors, so if anybody sees a great journal article somewhere (has to be professional journal < 5yrs old), I'd love to see it!

    Hope my list helps you! Let me know if there's anything else you need.

  10. by   studentnurse_02
    just wanted to say thanks for all your suggestions. i am still not sure what i am gonna do. keep the help coming! thanks, amanda
  11. by   Mkue
    Pick a topic that really interests you, something that you have a passion for if you can.

    I found this very helpful when I did a presentation last semester, it was the best experience and went really well.

    Go for both and be confident. You Can Do It !!!

  12. by   Katnip
    Do both. If you have a buddy or two in the class, when you're up there, make eye contact with them if you feel like you're getting too nervous. They'll usually give you some supportive cues, like a nod or smile, and that helps tremendously.