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Is nursing right for me?

coni54 coni54 (New) New

I am currently a nursing student about to go into my sophomore year. After completing my first year of nursing school I'm starting to doubt if nursing is right for me. I am extremely shy and although talking to strangers and making small talk still makes me nervous I've gotten a little better at it. However, I'm still extremely awkward when it comes to touching people. We learned how to take blood pressures and give bed baths this year and even practicing on fellow students and friends was so uncomfortable and awkward for me. These are basics of nursing and I'm worried that I'll never be able to be a nurse if just these simple things are such a struggle. Is this something I will eventually become more comfortable with or is nursing just not the right profession for me?

Any advice or personal stories would be extremely helpful!!

Kuriin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 5 years experience.

It's common to have doubts. If by junior year, or even in your second sophomore semester, that you are still uncomfortable touching people, then I would recommend you practicing outside of school. Are you uncomfortable touching yourself?

rob4546, ADN, BSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 7 years experience.

For some people it will always be somewhat uncomfortable to touch people, especially in the way that we have to at times. Today I had to lift skin folds off a young woman so that I could inspect LAP sites. It was fairly difficult because of her age, the location, the fact her mother was in the room, and the fact that it must have been embarrassing for her because of her weight. I felt a little uncomfortable but in no way did I show it. I kept it professional and provided the patient and mother with information about skin care and what to watch out for.

I do think it does get better after school though. during nursing school most of us are under a tremendous amount of stress so even simple things cause us distress. After school it felt like a big weight was removed from my shoulders and I really felt comfortable. I think you should stay the course and work on your skills. Trust in yourself, work on your confidence.

la_chica_suerte85, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Just like with your continued exposure to talking to people and making small talk with strangers, the more you touch people, the less weird it will feel. One clinical day all I did was clean pts (we had a lot of total care on the med-surg floor that day) so now I'm like, "Eh, whatever" and I don't mind having to really dig in there and get at people. It's one of those things you just have to do and do and do and it'll get better. Good luck!