Is this normal? Is it a sign I shouldn't be a nurse?

  1. I am about to start the 5th semester in a 6 semester LPN program. With graduation getting closer, I'm starting to worry if I'll be a good nurse or not? I am really worried about clinical this semester and wondering if my confidence will ever be there? I have gotten good scores so far and all my instructors have given me good reviews but I still feel very nervous and out of sorts in the clinical setting.

    Is this a normal fear or should I have gained some confidence by now?
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  3. by   Esme12
    You are perfectly normal!!! ((HUGS))
  4. by   somedaypeds
    I am a pretty confident person. But I experienced this too prior to graduation. I found that the more experience I get, the more confident I become.
  5. by   AZMOMO2
    IMO, as graduation looms it is probably pretty normal to feel that way at some point. In my experience, I have been an LPN for 3 years now, I recently graduated RN school and in my last semester I felt like I did not know anything and would never learn all of this stuff. I even became really nervous in clinical right before going to my Senior Practicum where I was to be the "nurse" I wondered how on earth I was going to be able to do it... ya know what? It was a breeze and once I got over the self-doubt and jitters I actually handled things pretty darn well!. No I did not know everything, but I was able to surprise myself with what I did recollect and even made some suggestions that turned out helpful to a fellow nurse about her patient. (My LTC experience came into go use for that one)
  6. by   Stoogesfan
    Thanks so much I'm on break now, first night back, and I'm actually a little calmer now after talking to my classmates and realizing they ALL feel the same way.
  7. by   Katie71275
    Normal! I feel terrified..I think it's the looming future that soon we will be responsible for all of this and our safety net(instructors) won't be there anymore!
  8. by   Racer15
    I just started my first real day as an RN in the ED. Pretty sure I had no idea what the heck was going on the whole time. It's normal.