So in the last section we went over how I
would recommend studying to learn
clinical skills and to get ready for skills
check-off day, right?
But what about tips for the actual skills
Because holy cow, these are...
These skills check-off days are terrifying.
Why are they so terrifying?
Probably because they scare you with the
whole "If you fail this, the world will end.
You can't go to clinical, everything will
fall apart" and, spoiler, it won't.
And then you also have them just, like,
staring at you awkwardly while you try to do
this skill that you just learned.
And it's one of the most intimidating things
in the world, and you feel like you will melt
. Spoiler: You also will not melt.
And I know you want me to be able to give
you, like, this magic solution,
right? So that you're never nervous again
during skills check-off and everything is
magical and wonderful.
But I can't.
You will have to do this kind of scared, but
scared and prepared
with a few tips in your pocket to help you
face the fear bear here.
Let's learn a few. You know how you practice
talking out loud the steps as you practice
all of these skills?
We did that for a reason, and I want you to
Talk to the mannequin like you would talk to
Say the steps out loud while you're doing
You can even say it in an educational
Now, I'm going to do this.
You studied them out loud, so say them out
Replicate the environment of studying as
much as you can.
Talking really helped me personally be less
nervous because there wasn't just this
awful silence of my teacher staring at me
and judging my every move.
I really do think that it also showed the
instructor that I was at least trying, you
know, even if I messed up, I was trying that
I had practiced this and that I was trying to
work through my process.
Next, go slow.
Take a moment before you even start to just
like stand there and regroup.
You can go through your little mantras,
think through each step before you do it.
And usually these don't have a crazy time
limit on them.
So take your time, talk out loud, and just
And if you fail, let's hope you don't fail.
But if you do, let's hop to the next section
to discuss what will actually happen if you
do. And please remember, no matter what, you
will be okay.