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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    That is probably the best advice I've gotten. So many people have told me (in regards to so many things) not to compare myself to others. And yet, I've never listened. But I suppose this is a good time to try it! I am trying a journal as well. :)
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    Advice on Health History Assessments

    I am getting ready for community health! (bi-weekly... We go to long term care every other week) We also do this thing called Longitudinal Elder Initiative where we visit a senior citizen about three times a semester, each, and we will be doing this assessment for them as well. Thank you so much :)
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    Advice on Health History Assessments

    Thank you! That's very helpful:)
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    Advice on Health History Assessments

    Hi everyone, This is my first semester in my BSN program and we just did a simulation (real people not the mannequins) health history assessment. (it was eight pages.) I didn't feel satisfied with how I did. I did try to do as much as I could to keep the patient engaged, and I did say that some of the material might be a little bit personal and/or sensitive and that everything that we collect is confidential, that they don't have to answer until we build a more trusting relationship, (you know what I mean). I did try to open up some of the closed ended answers that I was getting. Some of my issues had a little bit to do with the patient's personality, but I know that I can do better next time. I was wondering if any more experienced nurses/nursing students could give me some tips on how to keep the patient engaged, become more confident with the procedure itself, and any other tips that you think would be helpful. I would appreciate it so much! I'm always open to learning from those who are experienced beyond my level (which, let's be honest here, I'm on the bottom level with it being my first semester!) Thank you!
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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    Thank you! I guess I was kind of expecting that for the practice round, and it threw me off guard completely. That may have been a better learning experience than having a really cooperative patient, if I really think about it. I'll just work super hard to do better next time :)
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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    Thank you so much :) You really did help. I will definitely take your advice :)
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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    thank you. I guess it just wasn't what I expected. I think maybe they were told to act that way in the first place, it just caught me by surprise when my peers had really cooperative patients. I'm actually glad I was given tough patients- I'm just so worried that it's me and that I truly am not good at this but I think you're right, I shouldn't jump to that from one bad experience.
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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    I'm not positive about what you mean lol, but I'm guessing that I need to put on a "tougher" front when dealing with patients that seem to not want to be a part of the assessment?
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    Feeling Discouraged Already

    After interviewing and making the grades, I got into my nursing program. Of course I've had doubts about whether I would be good at it, and I heard that that is normal. But when I started, I wanted to start confidently. I'm not extremely outgoing, but I'm not shy either. I was so excited to start, and had some worries about whether I would always know what to say or when to say it, but I was going to try to do my best. Today, in our simulation lab, we had simulation patients I'm not sure if every school does this, but our sim lab hires real people to portray patients for us to work on in a simulated hospital setting. Our task was to introduce yourself and perform an 8 page Health History Assessment. At the beginning, before I entered my patient room, I was so excited. I felt confident as did most others. I walked in and immediately didn't feel welcome. This feeling lasted throughout the assessment, though I was genuinely friendly and interested. I tried rephrasing questions so that I wasn't just listing things off, and I tried different methods of transitioning between topics. I even elaborated on some, and asked if the patient would like to go into more detail about others. I was obviously a little bit nervous. It was the first time I had done this. I forgot a few technical things during my introduction but most did the same. Of course, it was practice. Here's the issue. I was ready for a patient that was difficult or easy, it didn't matter to me. It was practice. My partner and I switched off between patients. Both of hers were nice older women who gave her great reviews. The older (middle aged) men that I had assessed on the other hand, discouraged me so much. After the assessment all they cared to write on my review was that I was nervous and that practicing would be a remedy. They didn't comment on the fact that I smiled, or tried to open them up, or that i really did try my hardest. I am okay with that, I understand that some people just have personalities that are different than ours. But here I am, bawling my eyes out for the passed hour because everyone else raved about how great it went. Now I'm wondering if I'm actually cut out for this and I don't know what to do to make it better. I'm feeling more discouraged than ever. I hope someone can lend me some kind words or suggestions that will give me a little bit of confidence to do better the next time. thank you so much