There were a lot of clinicals I hated. One I came home from and called my mom and told her I was intent on dropping out...luckily my mom talked me down. Another time I hated it so much that when it came time for lunch I called my mom crying saying that "this time I was for sure dropping out...this IS NOT for me"...again, she talked me down.
I always felt so incompetent. I was always so good in class, getting good grades on tests and always aced my care plans
. It was just actual clinical made me feel so useless!! Other than those 2 clinical rotations, for the most part it was okay. The only clinical rotation I actually enjoyed going to was peds, which I didn't expect. I am a single mother and I have always loved kids, but I didn't think I'd like peds because I didn't want to see sick kids, or have to give them shots, etc. The reason I enjoyed it so much was (1) I had a great group of students in the clinical rotation with me and (2) thanks to a WONDERFUL RN!! She was the best RN I had ever worked with during clinical. Instead of picking patients based on a disease or health issue I was learning in class and wanted hands on experience with, I chose patients based on the fact that they had that RN assigned to them! She was so wonderful, so helpful, and never made me feel incompetent.
Stick with it! As other posters have said, there isn't much students get to do. It's mostly to introduce you to the environment.
As for care plans, while they are time consuming, they definitely have a point. It helps us learn about disease processes, patho, signs and symptoms expected with certain things, nursing interventions, and allows you to start thinking critically once you see what your patients signs and symptoms are and if and how they relate to that nursing diagnosis. When I did my practicum, I watched my assigned RN pick nursing diagnoses and check them off or chart notes about them at the end of each shift. So, it made sense in relation to that as well.