questions about clinicals

  1. Hi everyone! I'm 21 and I'm beginning clinicals in the fall and I was wondering if anyone can give me an idea of what it's like. It's going to be my first semester in the Nursing Program and I'm getting shaky about clinicals. Is it at all scary as some people say it is? Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   Karebeer
    Dear NsvGirl

    As you've probably heard before, the greatest fear is the fear of the unknown. I'v been throught Nursing 1, OB and Psych clinicals and every rotation carries it's own expectations and fears. There is absolutely nothing be nervouse about. Clinicals are an extention of your theoretical knowledge that you learn in lecture. If you pay attention in class and keep a positive "I know I can do this" attitude, you will fly by your clinical and wonder "Where did the time go." Besides, we went through it and we're still trucking.

    Good Luck!
  4. by   USA987
    Hi there,
    As long as you do your research, you'll be fine when you are out clinically. One thing I've noticed is that the instructors don't necessarily expect you to have all the answers, but they do EXPECT you to know how to find needed information.
    Best wishes!
  5. by   hollykate
    Hi There! Remember clinical experiences are for you to learn, not to perform perfectly. Of course, like USA987 says, prep well and know how to access info you need (ie keep a drug book handy. If we could perform perfectly, we wouldn't need ot go to school...Keep a positive attitude and try to get to know your patients, don't get so wrapped up in the task at hand. You'll do great.
  6. by   dianee
    RELAX! Everyone has been where you are. You need to be safe, but no one is expecting proficiency. Do your best and ask a lot of questions. Our patients at our hospital LOVE being cared for by our students. They get great individualized care and all the attention in the world. It almost makes the rest of of jealous, that the student's get the luxury of providing that kind of care. Good Luck in your continued nursing career!