Quote from nurse`chief~chickie
good advice from alpayton!
something that helped me initially (and btw, i'm alot more ballsy than i used to be.) if you ever had thoughts when you were little(or older hehe
) of being an actor/actress, put on that hat. psych yourself up and go into it like a 'part'. it makes sense, you've studied, same thing as preparing for a 'scene'. after a while, you realize that it's really not acting. you are really the nurse! maybe a little corny, but it worked.
i agree with this completely. exude confidence, even if you have zero. there's an expression: "the patient's perception is his reality". if the patient thinks you are a confident, skillful caregiver, then you are a confident, skillful caregiver.
i'm in my first quarter and have had to overcome all the same jitters (interviewing pts for prep still gives me the willies) but i have learned to simply "be on stage" and play the part of the confident, skillful caregiver! i am the type that tends to think everything before i say it. sometimes i psych myself up by "rehearsing" my interview, phrasing my questions and coming up with imaginary patient answers that i can respond to and elaborate on.
my patients are sometimes more confident in my abilities than i am. even though i always introduce myself as a student and i am constantly bringing in my instructor (who i always introduce as "my instructor") for procedures, i have had patients ask on two separate occasions why i keep bringing these people in with me (one asked why "that lady" makes me look so nervous). when i reiterate that i'm in school and my instructor is making sure i am doing a good job, they have said that they did not think i was a student, and that i seem like i have been doing this for a long time (which is a faaaabulous ego boost, btw).
nursing school is so much about stepping outside (well, sometimes it feels more like being forcefully shoved) of your comfort zone.. there's just no way around it. take occasional steps outside that zone as much as you can and cheer yourself on. take pride in all your victories, no matter how tiny, and slowly you'll build up that confidence you see in the nurses around you.