I am about ready to start my clinicals at school. I have waited for many years for this. But for some reason I am scared to death. Sometimes I wonder if we just freak ourselves out because we are so afraid to fail. On top of all this my employer decided last week to tell me that I couldn't work part time. Thanks for the five years of service don't let the door hit you in the !!! on your way out. The thing that makes me really mad is I told them I was going back to school in March, because that is when I found out I was accepted. Why did they wait so long? I start on June 3 I want to go to summer school two days a week. So now on top of all this I am trying to find a new job. Because at our morning meeting our newly appointed "office manager" decided to go ahead and announce my two weeks. I never gave my two weeks. The doctors I work for were not to happy about the office managers decision, but I can't sit around and wait for them to try and over ride him. After the way the have treated me I think it is time for me to move on. I think I am so scared because I have been there so long all my confidence is in my job and that is what I am good at. So now that will be gone. Is there any other students out there that couldn't wait for clinicals but when the time came they were scared to death?
May 6, '02
ABSOLUTELY! Having had limited hands on experience prior to nursing school, I was scared too. I lived in dread of every Thursday clinical my first year. Maybe it wouldn't have been so so so bad if I wasn't also juggling my 3 kids and job.......but I lived through it, learned a TON, and by second year, found myself (almost) looking forward to clinical days.
Sorry to hear about the job.......try not to let it deter you from your mission......
Study hard, and believe in yourself!
May 6, '02
I wasn't too scared about clinicals, but I had been working in the hospital in the CICU for about 6 months, and had some EMT experience with a fire department....if I hadn't had that, I'm sure I would have been terrified!
There was one girl in my class who actually had to be physically pushed into the room by our instructor!
The first time will be the hardest, and it'll get better from there out. Just remember to ask questions when you don't understand something...and you'll always have your primary nurse and your instructor to go to for questions.
May 6, '02
Try to calm down some. Most clinical instructors will not try to make you do someting that they know you are not ready for. Remember, you are working under your clinical instructors license at this point.
May 6, '02
I know this post is serious. Did you realize that it's posted in the Nursing Humor section?
Good Luck! You will do well in clinicals!
May 7, '02
i had spent ALOT of time in the hospital as a patient so i was very very sure my first year clinical would be a breeze. i figured if i could be a patient i could take care of one. Boy was i wrong once i was there in my new scrubs
standing there with my gloves on i wanted to run away and cry. but my instructor was wonderful and helped me out alot that first day and by the next clinical day i had enough confidence to do things on my own. so you will be okay too. trust me!
just don't be afaid to ask your instructor for help, that's what they are there for.
Jun 7, '02
I can remember my first day of clinicals, it wasn't that long ago (I am a new grad). Just keep an open mind and remember that you are still learning and there are people there to help you, you are not alone. Just dive in head first and you will be glad you did, and pat yourself on the back for your decision to become a nurse, it is an AWESOME profession!!
Jun 7, '02
Make mistakes?? Of course you will but the difference between a sucessful nurse and one who won't make it is who will learn from their mistakes, who will ask questions when they don't know something. You have to jump in there. Have someone who knows watch you. Tell the patient you are new and learning. They will understand and if they tell you they want someone else then you need to understand too.
Jun 7, '02
Don't be afraid to admit when you DO NOT KNOW> it's the best way to learn and by admitting honestly your limitations, you gain credibility w/your classmates, instructors, staff at the hospital and most importantly, the patients. NO I DON'T mean tell patients " I have never started an IV, put in a catheter, dropped an NGT....etc". I mean, just admit when you don't know something, get the info or backup and be open to learning.
And be a sponge...volunteer for all new learning opportunities you can. Because when you become a nurse, your safety net of the instructors backing you is not there...so learn all you can NOW! Relax and enjoy it.....you will do fine.
Jun 10, '02
remember that EVERY nurse had to do thru clinicals and they survived - so will you. Also, you know you are capable or you would never have gotten this far and you know you are worthy or you would never have attempted such a challenge. As for job, is there a unit clerk or aide position available in local hospital? You learn a lot in those positions. Good luck.