Quote from vanaly
I have one more term left until I graduate and become an RN but lately I'm feeling overwhelmed like I'm too dumb or incompetent to be a nurse.
If you were too dumb to be a nurse you would already have flamed out.
Anybody of average intelligence with fair attention to detail and a decent work ethic has the basic elements in place to be a successful nurse.
I can't imagine being on my own.
Let me clue you in on something... a great many 3rd-year ED residents and new fellows have expressed to me the same feeling.
It's perfectly natural to feel anxious about being primarily responsible for providing care to another human being without someone else looking over your shoulder to make sure you don't screw it up.
You'll be fine... it just takes some time (actually, it's got nothing to do with time and everything to do with EXPERIENCE)
I forget little things (like supplies or certain steps)
The way that you don't forget supplies is by forgetting supplies and having to back-track 3 times to get everything that you need.
(I) feel overwhelmed with my critical thinking skills.
Again, this comes with experience. You need to see things go well and go wrong in order to develop the experience base upon which critical thinking draws. Without experience, it's very hard to predict cause-and-effect and clinical trajectory.
Did or do any of you ever feel like this?
A little bit although by the time I was graduating from nursing school I was 45 years old and had a ton of experience in taking on new job roles so I'd already learned how to manage those feelings of insecurity and I had many years of confidence-boosting success in very difficult fields of endeavor.
My advice: Relax and let it come. Continue to read case studies and review your basic physiology and pathphysiology.