I graduate in December and I remember like yesterday how nervous I was my first clinical ( can we say ready to pass out?). I am still nervous with each new challenge or situation that comes my way. Reading these posts reminded me that I think I have again begun to get that deer in the headlights look ( when speaking with my instructors). Now that look is based more on "OMG what do they want from me?" rather than on being unsure of myself re patient care.
When it comes to patients I have always tried to remind myself that I could be in their shoes and what I would want most to make me feel secure is a smile, compassion, honesty, and for noone to say OOPS! So if you take vitals and can't do it as quickly as you would like etc., remind yourself you are still learning ( your patients know you are a student also). Don't let it add to your anxiety, just do what you need to do and if someone asks a question you don't have an answer for ( be it instructor, patient, staff) tell them you are not sure, but will find the information.:typing