Many students do very well on exams, in the classroom when asked questions. When it comes to clinicals, they freeze.............. I see it everyday with the students that are on our service. With some of them, they have made comments that they don't feel the safety net of the classroom. They are not dealing with simulators, books, or "scenarios" they are dealing with real people. That's what makes them lose their senses. Like someone else said, you have all the pieces of the puzzle in separate boxes.... you just now have to put those pieces together on the table. As for the poster with the clinical instructor........... I 100% agree with the fact that the instructor may see more potential in you than in your fellow classmates, that is why you are pushed so hard. Believe it or not, when you get in the real world of nursing and even when you take boards, that instructor will be your favorite person in the world. Trust me, I have been there, and to this day 17 yrs and 3 degrees later, I still absolutely think she was the BEST instructor that I have ever had.