Can you advise this student nurse?
“I am a student nurse in my second year and have done well on all of my written exams so far. Maths and anatomy are fine for me, but I get flustered and anxious when handling patients and dealing with problems that arise in my placement.
“If those problems were written on a test, I would be fine, but I am always too nervous and unsure to make the decisions in real life. I’m afraid that I’m not cut out to be a nurse and that I won’t be able to do anything without my mentor assuring me that I’m doing something correctly.
“If it’s just on paper, it isn’t too scary, but making decisions that affect patients – actual people – is terrifying. I don’t know if I can do this.
“I’d appreciate any advice for getting better at thinking on my feet while on the job or for having more confidence when working with real patients.”