Starting clinicals in August....getting nervous! - page 2
Wow, I can't believe I start clinicals in August! I'm sooooo incredibly excited but at the same time, the more I think about it, the more nervous I get! I guess part of what makes me nervous is that... Read More
Jun 19, '04Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 6,885; Likes: 12,485Quote from AgentRMy dad said the same thing during my first semester ... "Are you giving medications? No? Well, then at least you can't kill anybody yet."Me four. My mom asked me on the phone when I'd start the clinical part. I said a few weeks after classes started. She told me not to kill anyone. Thanks for the vote of confidence, mom!
Unfortunately I can't tell you to relax, it just doesn't work that way, but the best of luck to all of you starting this fall - give it all you've got!
Jun 19, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 113I also start in Aug. I was so ready to start,I was ok until my pharmacology book arrived yesterday. Since then my stomach has been weak thinking about it. I'm going to try to read a little before Aug 25th and do alot of praying thru the next 4 semesters. Good luck to everyone
Jun 20, '04Occupation: Med Surg/Telemetry Specialty: Telemetry/Med Surg ; Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 8,773; Likes: 1,503It's normal to feel nervous. Believe me..your instructors will teach you everything you need to know before they leave you on your own with your patient. You'll be practicing on each other and on mannequins, tested on it, and have to perform each skill a certain number of times with your instructor present before you are checked off and able to do it without your instructor observing.
I didn't have any clinical skills whatsoever either....didn't know how to take BP's, do range of motion, etc. etc. etc. but you WILL learn!
Aug 4, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 116I am nervous too (I will be attending nursing school in September).
Good luck to everyone!:-)
Aug 4, '04Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 549; Likes: 19I think the most important accomplishment in first semester clinicals is simply to become comfortable in dealing with patients. You won't be doing any complex procedures that could cause the patient harm. The main focus is on feeling confident when taking vitals, doing assessments, ambulating patients, etc. By the end of the 1st semester, you will no longer get nauseous when walking into the patient's room or break out into a sweat when trying to take blood pressure.
My best advice is to practice your skills in lab, be very respectful of the floor nurses and your instructor, and always appear calm in front of the patient. A competent, courteous attitude will really help, even when you feel awful on the inside.