I start clinicals next week and am so, so nervous. They will be in acute care.
Tell me.........considering all the anxiety you had going into your first clinicals, when you finally got into them...........was it worse or better than expected? Do you ever feel comfortable??
Any reassurance would be appreciated!
Oct 20, '05
Mine were slightly worse than expected--though not horrible by any means. We started ours at an LTAC facility. I thought we would at least shadow a nurse on our first day to "get the feel" of things, but we had to just dive on in. I wasn't used to being around such elderly, frail and ill individuals, so it scared me a bit. Also, besides morning care, we didn't get to do much of the other skills we learned in lab such as inserting foleys or NG/feeding tubes.
However as time went on, it got better. We also had a great clinical instructor, which, along with one's preceptor, can make or break an experience (of course not negating one's own "go get 'em"/assertiveness to practice one's nursing skills). Good luck!! It is really not that bad
Last edit by veggiegarden on Oct 20, '05