I’m Scared to Graduate Nursing School

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Welcome to another episode of the nursing.com podcast. My name is Jon Haws RN. I’m the founder of nursing.com where our goal is to make your journey through nursing school. A little bit easier with clear and concise supplemental learning that caters to all learning styles, especially visual learners. Come over and check us [email protected] and start a $1 trial today. What’s going on guys today, we’re going to be talking about COVID and nursing school. I know you guys are probably tired of talking about COVID, but I want to talk a little bit about how it relates to your journey through nursing school. And I want to read one quote from a user who emailed us and she said, I’m really scared of what comes next. This is my last semester. And the fact that it will be online and clinical will be 75% online. I’m completely and utterly scared of graduation. 

I do not feel like I will be properly trained and that this is appropriate training. I’m scared of being a new graduate and going into the field with not enough on the job clinical training. I’m probably not alone in feeling this. I understand COVID situation, but once we graduate, we will be exposed to this. And in my opinion need to learn it. Now there’s a lot to unpack there. And there’s a couple things that I want to talk about there. First of all, I want to let you know that I’m in your corner. I understand the concerns and the frustrations, and I want to talk about some of the, the things that were expressed here. And I agree a hundred percent that you’re probably not alone in feeling this. The first thing I want to talk about is the sense of being, and feeling utterly scared of graduation that breaks my heart I’m. 

So it pains me to know that we have nurses and nursing students, you know, graduating and coming out and going into the field that are terrified of graduation because they don’t feel like they have enough experience or practice to actually take care of patients. And that that’s hard to hear, but I do understand it. And so I want to address that really quickly, you know, as you’re going through nursing school, you know, they’re throwing this, this, this pandemic happened and it was thrown at us. Um, and we’re trying to all of us, you know, you guys and us as family members and, and as parents and students and nursing professors, trying to understand how we’re going to cope with this and deal with this. And the fact that you’re going through nursing school at the same time makes it even that much more difficult. Right? 

And I can understand the concern of feeling like you’re not getting enough time with patients. You’re not getting enough time talking to real patients. You’re not getting enough time even taking care of patients who have COVID because you’re right. You’re going to be taking care of them as you enter the field. So let’s talk about that for a minute. And what can you do? Well, there’s a couple of things that we can’t do right? In this situation. We can’t, uh, outside advocating with our school and talking to our school. We can’t change, you know, what your clinicals are gonna look like. That’s based on, you know, what hospitals are allowing, what States are allowing. Um, but I do think nursing students should be given the opportunity to get in there and practice. And in some States, and in some countries in the UK, specifically nursing students are being given the special license where they’re able to go in and work and to help, uh, nurses. 

But we can’t change that. Right. We can ask our, our schools, we can ask our congressmen, we can ask our governors. Um, and I think that you should do that. You know, if you have the time, you know, to, to work on that, I think that you should do that. Absolutely. Um, but outside of that, okay, let’s look at the things that we can control immediately in our environment, the things that you can control, you can control what you study. You can control, uh, how you study. So I want you to focus on those things while it is important to have that practice with real human beings in a real clinical setting. If that’s not available to you now, what can we do? Okay. Some things you can do in, hopefully this is available to you. You can go into your SIM lab and you can practice the skills over and over and over. 

It’s just like riding a bike, you know, when you graduate and you’re thrown on the field, it’s like you’re throwing on an, on an advanced BMX course, and you’re expected to be a professional, but you can’t be prepared for that unless, you know, the very basics and the fundamentals, um, how would a pedal, what you know, and going through those motions over and over and over again. So while you might not be able to practice on real human beings, um, you can practice on dummies. You can practice on practice pumps. You can practice with fake medications. You can practice with, um, Ivy arms. That’s not the same thing is it, of course not. However, practicing those motions and knowing those motions over and over and over how to hang an IB bag, how to do a piggyback, how to start an IV, the proper steps of doing a Foley catheter, a septic technique. 

Those things are important to practice over and over and over. And it’s not going to hurt you to have additional practice there. It doesn’t replace the real thing, but it’s not going to hurt you to have additional practice there. Okay. Well, what if you can’t get into that? What if you can’t get in and actually practice in, um, on the dummies? Okay. If your school doesn’t allow that, or if you don’t have a good SIM lab, the next best thing. Well, we do have it. We have something like 60 assessment videos, uh, clinical skills, videos, IVs start videos all on nursing Academy. So I’d invite you and ask you to go over there and watch those. Those are done with really high fidelity, low, um, kind of close ups of those skills being done. And they’re done in actual SIM labs and some done on actual patients. 

So it asks you to go in and look at the nursing skills videos, the IB videos, the health assessment videos, all those that are there on nursing Academy, watching those over and over and over will also help. Another thing that you can do guys, is you can never have too much knowledge, right? And some things that you should really look at practicing or learning more about would be, I would suggest pharmacology labs and EKG, knowing those better is only going to help you as you go in and start practicing. So with this extra time that you might have, because clinicals aren’t online or because of, you know, not being able to be with patients, sit and just learn more about lab values, what are the normal ranges? What, what, what are the indications, you know, um, for different medications, what does a third degree heart block actually look like, sit there and draw it over and over and over practice labs, farm and EKG labs, farm EKG, over and over and over and over the better that, you know, these things, the better off that you’re going to be if you have, or want to do even more, I would suggest then focusing more on the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the neuro, the neuro system. 

Those would be the areas that I would suggest focusing on and practicing on. So, because you can’t be there, I can understand being very, very, very scared, but here’s the things that you can control if you can get in and practice on do scenarios and practice on dummies, please do that. If you can’t do that, go and watch more videos on nursing.com. We have a ton of clinical videos, health assessment, videos, and Ivy videos. After you’ve done that, go and spend more time learning more about labs, farm, and EKG. Those are so critical and they’re skills that are going to go with you, uh, far beyond just the classroom. So that’s where I would suggest you spend a little bit of time. I know that’s not addressing the real concern, which is, you know, not getting more clinical patient, uh, practice. And I understand that, and I wish that the, the situation were very different. 

Now, this is a hard time. This is a scary time. And you know, a lot of us are feeling a lot of challenges and struggles and everything right now. And I think that these things will help you. I think that going to the SIM, the SIM lab, if you can practicing, uh, as much as you can, those different skills over and over and over just getting that muscle memory in place for doing different skills, watching those SIM, uh, those simulation videos that we have up on nursing.com and learning labs, farm and EKG. It’s something that you can do now. And then understand, look, even under the best case scenario for someone who has tons of simulation experience and tons of clinical experience without COVID look, we all come out of nursing school, feeling completely lost when we enter our first job. And in fact, I did a podcast about it a while ago, a couple of years ago, why you should be scared for your first job. 

You should be a little bit scared for your first job, because that means that you respect the gravity of the situation. So that’s not going to go away. That’s going to be there regardless of COVID. And that is a good thing, but shows that you respect what it is that you’re doing, but look, guys, we love you guys. I know you can do this. I know this is hard. I know this is scary, but please understand that you can do this. Okay. And please understand that we want to help you guys, and we’re here to help you guys. So if you need anything, please reach out to us. Please let us know what we can do. And in fact, uh, from now until September 21st, we’re running a discount on nursing Academy for 25% off. All you gotta do is head over to nursing.com, sign up for the nursing student Academy. And that is discounted 25% until September 21st. And you can actually get a $1, three day trial to see if it works for you. See if it helps for you get in and do some of those clinical skills and see if that helps you guys. We love you now go out and be your best selves. Happy nursing.

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