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When nursing students get their first clinical experiences, they can be a little bit nervous.
Remember that everyone has felt the same way you do when starting a clinical rotation. It is normal to be nervous, but there are a few things you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable.
First, remember that the nursing staff and attending physicians are probably very happy to have you there. They will want to help you learn whatever tasks and skills need for the day, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions!
You will probably find that nurses and doctors are very happy to teach you the internal workings of their jobs. Working in hospitals or clinics can often mean long hours with not much opportunity to pause and reflect on what they’re learning or doing, so this might be an opportunity for them as well as it is for you!
You’re there because it’s your job—you don’t have to be perfect or know everything right away. Try not to let making mistakes bother you too much; everyone does it! You’ll learn with time.
Many nurses don’t start their careers as nurses. Some of them were teachers.
Although some nurses have a teaching background, many come from other careers. Nurses may have been retail workers, accountants, or lawyers. The qualities that made them successful in those careers are often the same ones that make them good nurses.
Nursing offers a wide variety of options for pursuing your interests and skills. Nurses may go into fields like teaching, policymaking, or writing. They can work in schools, homes, or offices. They can combine their work with hobbies like travel and photography to create unique career experiences.
Some students get very homesick at nursing school.
If you’re new to your school and don’t know a lot of people there, it might feel like you’re alone, no matter how many friends you made during orientation. Some students get very homesick at nursing school. Home is a source of comfort and stability, and can be hard to leave behind when you don’t know the area or many people around you. Homesickness is normal in the first few months of starting in a new place, but if it goes on too long, it can make adjusting more difficult. If you find yourself feeling down or depressed because of homesickness:
- Talk to someone about how you’re feeling
- Make sure that your living situation is working for you, before trying to adjust too much
- Get involved with local activities or volunteer work
There are lots of nursing student organizations, such as the National Student Nurses Association and Student Nurses Association, that sponsor events and help students find mentoring programs.
- Get involved in the community and find out what your school has to offer.
- Join a nursing student organization and attend events.
- Look into mentoring programs, which can help students with study skills and test preparation, as well as other life issues.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing sponsors a mentoring program for nursing students.
Mentoring for nursing students is available through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The program pairs students with a licensed nurse to help them build their skills and confidence as they progress through their programs, including online nursing programs. This mentorship program is sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and it includes mentoring for nurses in all 50 states.
Nursing school can be an exciting time!
Nursing school is an exciting time. Many students in nursing school have a good time and make lasting friendships. Also, it is a great time to learn about the field of nursing and what it has to offer you as a career.
There is so much to be gained from becoming a nurse that the hard work put into getting through nursing school pays off well in the end. While you might have times when it seems like too much work, remember that there are so many opportunities for nurses with all different levels of experience.
As you go through nursing school, try to be kind to your classmates and help each other out as much as possible. You’ll feel proud of yourself at graduation and ready to take on the world!