How many of the second year student "feel

  1. That they are a step Behind?"

    Hi I hope you don't mind me borrowing your words here but I thought that this is a great topic.
    I sure do feel this way all the time. It seems the more I learn, the more I need to learn. It is crazy but fun too. I wish I knew how to create a poll but this will work just as well. Do you feel like everyone knows more than you do? do you feel right where you need to be. What makes you feel confident? What makes you feel less confident. So my vote is that I do feel a step behind. How about you?
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  3. by   NurseStacey143
    Step Behind also. I think eventually things will be like second nature as we become more experienced. I always second guess myself, but when a person's life is at stake it's not a bad thing ya know? I find myself often looking things up, that i actually knew, or asking if i was doing something the right way. Confidence is boosted when I second guessed myself but was right! Also, when other students ask for my advice...I think they must think iI know my stuff! The biggest confidence booster is when a nurse or my instructor compliments me though. Before an exam I always feel as if I will do badly, but rarely do I get lower than a B.
  4. by   juji fruit
    I feel like I can never know enough and that there is so much to learn that even when I graduate I will be incredibly inadequate ! No, i know when I start nursing is when I will gain my real knowledge and experience, but school is pretty overwhelming. I am looking forward to starting my 5th (of a 6 quarter ADN program) next month. I understand it is alot of different experiences, not just pure med/surg clinical rotations week after week. I really look forward to graduating in March. I have worked so hard for this, and I hope I can be a great nurse. Good luck to all of you in-the-near-future grads :0)

  5. by   essarge
    I agree with juji. It seems that the farther along in school you are the "farther behind" you feel. I know that sometimes my brain just says "ENOUGH!" and seems to quit on me!! Even taking a break from studying doesn't help! Guess eventually my brain will catch up....probably once I'm out of school in May!! LOL!
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    I remember going into the final year of my program and all of a sudden being expected to know so much more and be able to do so much more, especially by the staff where I was doing was like I'd "grown up" over the summer, but I was the last person to know it!
  7. by   babynursewannab
    Yeah. I really feel like the more I learn, the less I know. AND, the further along I go in the program, the less I seem to trust my gut instinct. Am I alone on that one?