My first day was on a med surg floor. We got our patients and their diagnoses the night before. I had one of the toughest professors and was determined to do a good job. I was up until 2 in the morning learning the patho of my pt's diagnoses, the treatments, the meds, everything i could know about this person. Then the next morning came, i arrived on the floor, and my patient had been transferred.
Talk about deer in the headlights. I completely lost my bearings and struggled greatly for the first few hours until my professor threatened to send me home. At that point i realized that i worked way too hard for that to happen, went into the bathroom for a 60 second regroup, and restarted my day.
Was a horrible experience but one i am grateful that happened. Got to think on your feet and be ready for anything. That day made me a much better nursing student.