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