Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m halfway through second year and still waiting for that placement where I ‘find my feet’ and stop feeling terrified all the time! I get quite shy when I first start and to be honest it doesn’t really get any better even when I start to figure out what I should be doing.
“The best way I’ve found to handle it is to find jobs that I can do independently – mainly admin tasks, but stuff that people appreciate – so that I know what I’m doing when I come in and don’t feel lost every day. That helps me feel a bit less out of place, but then I end up just doing filing, I seriously spent a whole day doing admin this week!
“It’s not that I’m being told to do non-clinical stuff, but now everyone just knows that’s what I’ll do so no-one suggests anything else.
“What would you do in this situation? I’m really, really unconfident so putting myself forward for stuff is way out of my comfort zone – I’d need to plan exactly what to say and right now I don’t even know where to start without sounding like a nuisance!”
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