So, fun fact: nobody feels ready for
It is not just you, I promise.
I thought I was going to die of fright the
first time I went into a patient's room
by myself to get vitals as a nursing
And I could tell you a whole lot about,
like, at that point, how
mitochondria might work in this person's
But when it came to, like, practical nursing
skills, I had none.
I was so overwhelmed, and I felt like I
should not be there.
And I was, all I was doing was going to get,
like, some blood pressures.
And I felt like in that moment that letting
me into nursing school had obviously been the
world's biggest mistake.
And then I became a nurse one day.
Yes, it happened.
And I had nursing students.
And guess what? I expected them to know
When my nursing students didn't feel
comfortable going into a room by themselves
to get something like a blood pressure, it
did not disappoint me.
It did not shock me because by that point I
realized that students are
there, in clinical, to learn.
And you might be sitting there saying, "but
I prepared so much.
I felt so confident before walking into the
And then I walked through the doors.
I got in there and I blanked.
That's so embarrassing." And, my friends,
the nurse who is working with you, your
clinical instructors, all of the people,
heck, the patients.
They understand that anything you do know,
you will immediately
forget when you are in the clinical setting
because it is just terrifying
You will slowly - good news - you will slowly
get used to it.
You will start to have some things happen on
autopilot and you will
incorporate things into your actual long
term memory when you do them over and over
again. But no one expects that to happen
while you are actually in
school, to be totally honest.
So if you are beating yourself up thinking
that you are not ready to be in
clinical and this was all a mistake, and
it's scary to interact with patients,
that's okay. That is totally normal.
That fear is actually, honestly, pretty good
because it keeps you on your toes, and it
will hopefully help you keep wanting to see
and do more things because, then, the more
you see and do, the more confident you'll
I promise. You just need a lot of practicing
to get you there, and that is literally
what clinical is for.
So please, please do not worry if you are
sitting there, and you feel really
unready. I promise, all of your peers who
are confidently posting
bathroom pictures in their scrubs with
hashtag like first day of clinical,
they look confident and put together, but
they are feeling unprepared too.
Maybe they went into the bathroom to
literally regroup and take a couple of big
And all of that, all of that fear,
it's all expected of you.
And all that we want at clinical is for you
to show up.
You can be scared, but you need to have a
willingness to learn.
And if you go in with a "I want to learn
from you" attitude with literally everyone
you encounter, you will honestly be just
Oh, and you should eat breakfast before you
go, too, because some of the things you are
about to see are a wild, and you never know
when you're going to go and be
able to grab another snack.
And from experience, do not be the person
feeling like they are going to faint because
you did not eat at breakfast, and now you
are helping to clean out a sacral wound
ulcer and you think you might end up
throwing up or passing out on the floor.
Breakfast does help with that.
Be willing to learn and try something, and
Being there, if you show enthusiasm and
happiness and just a
willingness to learn, it will be okay, I
Next, let's look at what to do when you, in
your very motivated eagerness
to help, end up getting asked to do
something that you have no idea how to do,
but you don't want to be that person to say
no because Liz already told you to say
yes to your opportunities when they are
So let's talk about what to do in those
I'll see you there.