It’s crazy to think that I am almost finished with my first semester of clinicals. I remember in January how nervous all my friends and I were for our first day of clinicals. None of us had any experience in a hospital setting and we had no idea what to expect of clinicals. The first day of clinical for me was overwhelming, and I remember thinking that there was no way I would be able to do this for a whole semester. However, clinical started to feel more comfortable to me and I started to gain confidence in my abilities as a nurse. A turning point for me in my clinical experience was when we split from having partners to being on our own. Being by myself in clinical was scary, but it taught me so much not only about nursing in general, but about myself and the type of nurse I want to be in the future.
One big improvement I noticed in myself throughout clinical was in the communication aspect of it. The first day of clinical I was so nervous to ask questions because I didn’t want to seem dumb in front of my peers, my instructor, and the nurses on my floor. Throughout my clinical experiences, I was able to grow in my knowledge and in my confidence and at the end of my clinical experiences I had no problems asking questions or communicating with my nurse. Specifically, I found myself going up to my nurse on my own and updating her on my patient, where in the beginning my instructor had to prompt me to ask. Additionally, I found myself asking for help when I needed it rather than waiting. This improved my clinical experience because asking for help from my peers, the techs, and the nurses allowed me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of nursing skills.
In my future clinical experiences, I would like to continue to grow in my communication with the patients. Although I believe I grew a lot during this previous semester, there were still times where I felt like I didn’t know what to say to the patient or I didn’t know the right questions to ask. In the future I would like to focus on these areas so that my patient can feel as though they trust me to take excellent care of them and they trust in my abilities as a student nurse. I was able to form a lot of amazing connections with my patient’s this previous semester; however, I want to grow in my ability to communicate effectively with them. Additionally, I would like to see my confidence grow in the future. I often found myself feeling unconfident in my abilities due to the anxiety of doing them for the first time. I would like to grow in my mindset when I step foot into clinical so that I am able to be confident in myself and allow myself to learn from my mistakes.
Overall, clinical has been an amazing experience for me and I am so sad that my hospital experience got cut short this semester. I am so excited for my clinical’s next semester. I have learned so much from clinical that I was not expecting to learn, and I cannot wait to expand on the knowledge I have gained in the future. It is crazy to think back to my first day of clinical’s and how nervous I was because clinical has been one of the best experiences.