Last semester of clinicals......Help !!!!


On Monday I will start my last semester at HACC Lancaster for my RN. I am freaking out!!!! I have heard horrifying stories, and have felt as if I have struggled enough thus far. I have not had to repeat a semester yet, but can't help but feel as if I am not cut out for this last one. I don't feel as if anything is sticking....just too much info in such a short period of time. I am losing confidence and didn't know if anyone else went to HACC or if you had any advice at all it would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.:cry:

WDWpixieRN, RN

2,237 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

I didn't attend your facility but get the intense fear. You have come so far and how horrible would it be to not pass now?!?!?!

I would attempt to disregard the horror stories as much as possible and just go forward with the most positive attitude you can. There's going to be little you can do about your instructors or the staff at the facility you go to, but you can do something about your viewpoint.

Be as prepared as you can be. Help out if you've got free time with the staff, fellow students, etc. Ask to see new procedures if your nurse has time. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN. Keep the yap shut except to ask pertinent questions.

And then lay low. Get there on time; follow the rules to a "T"; leave when ALL of your work is done. Don't ask for favors, excuses, or exceptions. And DON'T panic. I know I'm at my worst when my brain cells are pinging like a game in an arcade; I just don't work well.

Take it one day at a time and do your best to keep up with your class work. Don't worry about what others are or are not doing. That won't matter in the end anyway to you or any of your instructors.

IF, in the end, you end up having to repeat, don't let it frustrate you too much. It happens. We had several repeat students graduate with our class and left several behind over each semester. Many of those will graduate at the end of the upcoming fall semester and join us, just a little a later....keep in mind that 5 or 10 years from now, that extra semester won't matter one smidgen and might actually be useful to making you more comfortable when you are a graduate nurse.

Believe me, if you think this is bad, wait until you start on a floor, lol. Trade ya'?!?!


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Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

WDWpixieRN, could not have said it better myself.

Again, don't worry if you do have to repeat. Think of as you'll be extra well prepared for the NCLEX. Like the post above, in 5 years it won't matter. All that will matter is your patient care and how you feel about it.

Keep a positive outlook. It's all about the opportunities.:DGOOD LUCK!:up:

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