Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m a first year student nurse and I’m just looking for some advice really.
“It’s about the first day of placement. I’ve had three placements now and I still find the first day so nerve-wracking that I’ve actually been sick before each one. Then when I get to placement I’m so tired from being up all night worrying and feeling nauseous that I make a really bad impression, such as yawning all the way through my first meeting with my mentor!
“Before my first placement I just thought this was normal and after I settled in I was fine. So when I was just as nervous before the next two placements I was surprised as I’m not normally an anxious person.
“I’m coming to the end of my third placement now and even though I’ve loved it and really settled in, I can feel the anxiety starting to creep in again due to the knowledge that I’m going to be starting another soon.
“Even though they’ve all gone well so far I keep thinking this next one is going to be the placement where it all falls apart. I think I’m going to make a mistake and hurt a patient or that there’s going to be an emergency and I won’t respond as I should, or just that my mentor will be a nightmare and I’ll be way out of my depth. I’m worried about so many worst-case scenarios that I don’t even know where to begin!
“I suppose I really just want to know how other people deal with feeling this way? Or if other people do in fact feel like this as everyone else on my course seems completely chilled out!”
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