Tips for Skills Check Off (RN)

by Elizabeth Russ, FNP

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    00:01 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 check-off itself? Because holy cow, these are...

    00:16 These skills check-off days are terrifying.

    00:18 Why are they so terrifying? Probably because they scare you with the whole "If you fail this, the world will end.

    00:23 You can't go to clinical, everything will fall apart" and, spoiler, it won't.

    00:27 And then you also have them just, like, staring at you awkwardly while you try to do this skill that you just learned.

    00:33 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.

    00:39 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.

    00:47 But I can't.

    00:49 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.

    00:59 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 use that.

    01:06 Talk to the mannequin like you would talk to a patient.

    01:11 Say the steps out loud while you're doing them.

    01:13 You can even say it in an educational manner.

    01:15 Now, I'm going to do this.

    01:16 You studied them out loud, so say them out loud.

    01:19 Replicate the environment of studying as much as you can.

    01:22 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.

    01:31 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.

    01:41 Next, go slow.

    01:45 Take a moment before you even start to just like stand there and regroup.

    01:49 You can go through your little mantras, think through each step before you do it.

    01:53 And usually these don't have a crazy time limit on them.

    01:56 So take your time, talk out loud, and just be methodical.

    02:01 And if you fail, let's hope you don't fail.

    02:04 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.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Tips for Skills Check Off (RN) by Elizabeth Russ, FNP is from the course Build Confidence for Skills Lab (RN).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Say steps out loud.
    2. Go slow.
    3. Be methodical.
    4. Move as fast as you can through skills.
    5. Repeat steps in your head while performing the skill.

    Author of lecture Tips for Skills Check Off (RN)

     Elizabeth Russ, FNP

    Elizabeth Russ, FNP

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