I remember back to my first placement!!
It was a Psychogeriatric Nursing Home about 40minutes drive from home. There was a group of 11 Student Div2 (LPN)Nurses, and yes we were all nervous. We had finally been given a chance to put all our theory into practice, but one thing we were not prepared for was handeling nakedness, somehow I don't think that would be an acceptable theoretical sight within the classroom
Anyways, if you are going out there with a really good clinical teacher, just remember, they are like your second mom. See her/him about any concerns you may have, that is what they are there for. If you do not have a clinical teacher then make sure you find an RN that you feel that you can trust on your 1st day, and ask her if you could go to her for any concerns you may have. Most nurses are only too willing to help, afterall, most nurses actually appreciate the extra set of hands (they are overworked afterall).
We all try to imagine what to expect on our first day of clinicals, and absolutely nobody can prepare you, as a student nurse, for what you are about to experience. Going in, you realise that you actually have peoples lives in your hands, during clinicals make sure that you learn as much as you can, practical experience sticks in your mind alot better than the theory, volunteer to do anything within your capabilities, ask what proceedures need to be done and do them if you are able too.
Above all you will notice that at the end of you clinical experience, you will feel slightly euphoric
This is totally normal, do not ever forget that feeling or what you have learnt. One other bit of advise, do not tell the RN's how you were taught to do things unless they ask for the information. Some RN's feel a little threatened by the more learned student.
Good Luck and have fun on your clinicals!
Trish... Student Division 2 Nurse (LPN!!!!)