Anyone else feel lost?

  1. In my junior year just started Psych and Med-Surg clinicals . Our Psych rotation is a pilot program this year. Half the rotation we are spending in cardiac rehab dealing the patients experiencing depression and the other half is on the actual behavior health floor. We've been split up into 1 on 1 teams and been switched to other locations to do our rotations. I'm feeling totally lost now. It's sort of like preceptorship in that we are shadowing a nurse but only utilizing our communcation skills. No pre-conference and post-conference via the web. I'm not sure if it is because all of this is new to me or because I'm the only one in my group that did not extern over the summer. Everyone else seems to be so confident in their skills and I feel so utterly lost. Is this normal?
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  3. by   AmyLiz
    Give yourself some time. When I started clinicals last year, I felt lost too, but after a couple weeks, I felt much more at ease. It just takes time!
  4. by   WDWpixieRN
    Sheesh, I'm only in week 2 of my first semester and feeling lost and overwhelmed....I was hoping it would get better as I got further in to the program!!!! :uhoh21:
  5. by   BeccaznRN
    I'll tell you - a lot of those students that seem so confident might just be feeling the same way you are! I always come across as "confident" in the clinical area, but I still have many moments where I feel intimidated by my lack of knowledge. I just know how to fake confidence very well!
  6. by   Race Mom
    As I sat through my 1st med/surg clinical today (trying to stay summer really over?) I was very overwhelmed! I finally felt better when I told myself that everyone feels like me...all across the U.S.
    If I knew what I was doing, I would already be a nurse. No one expects you to go into clinical and come out without some war wounds. Being prepared is all you can do at this point. Every day we get a little smarter. That feels good!