Is anyone else out there a new nursing student with NO prior medical experience, not even a close friend or relative in the field? How are you getting along in your classes/clinicals? I'm in my first semester. I'm feeling more and more like I should have tried to work as a CNA or something before school started. Now it's really too late for that. I'm used to getting good grades until these nursing classes hit. I'm one of those students that is having trouble 'connecting the dots' but I feel as if it is an experience thing. I'm terrified in clinicals, mostly because I feel like i'm thrown into it w/out having a clue what i'm doing and no one to watch over me (to protect the client from mistakes I could make). Does anyone have any pointers for me? I feel like I understand the material (as far as the physiology goes) but when it comes to evaluating symptoms even in a case study...i'm just lost!