So here is a bit of my background. I am currently taking pre-reqs for nursing school and work as a home health aide. I was EXTREMELY nervous about being up close and personal with people, and having the confidence and skills to take care of patients. My experience being a home health aide has really helped me a lot, I don't exactly enjoy my job because I work a lot for a client that is really tough to work with, and she can be mentally exhausting. She can be very mean and belittling, especially because of the onset of Dementia. There have been times working with her that have just made me wanted to just about cry and think I cannot be a nurse. (I tend to be really sensitive about things, and felt totally thrown into this experience--boss hired me with no experience and gave me ZERO training, plus I am somewhat shy/timid) I've had a lot of anxiety over the whole nursing thing, because I struggled with having the confidence to do some things like changing my clients, because they can be very difficult. I definitely would go home beating myself up over things I should have done better, but this is my first experience with this type of work and I'm sure a lot of people have felt this way. But, as time has gone on, I am slowly getting a lot better at these things and coming out of my shell. My other client tries just about anything in his power not to be changed (He even does this with his wife- can ya blame him though?) and I struggled a lot at first, I felt like I could never become a nurse because I couldn't even change this client and was afraid I lacked the confidence/people skills. But I finally figured out a technique that worked when I changed him! I felt a HUGE sense of relief and I feel way more confident about the whole nursing thing. Other things have come pretty naturally to me, and have felt really rewarding, especially feeling like I am putting them at ease is a great feeling when they respond well. Overall, I know that I am going to be faced with a lot of challenges in nursing school, but just something as simple as being able to change this client made me feel so much more confident and helpful.
Sorry for this being so long winded, basically I was wondering if anyone else struggled with confidence/people skills, maybe felt a little too sensitive about tough pts/clients but have worked through it?
My next goal is to get CNA certified. I am looking forward to being in a nursing home setting and hoping to get used to all the gross stuff, along with improving my people skills, but also nervous about it. But that one little achievement with my client has made me feel like I am more capable than I thought.