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    Hello guys!

    I'm a child nursing student, currently in Part 2 of my training. Does anyone else find their placements a struggle in Part 2? I'm just finishing the formative Hub part on a ward, and whilst I'm learning loads I just feel like I'm not 100% getting it? From the start my mentor just let me look after our patients mostly independently, I do all their obs, paperwork, fluid balances, keep an eye on when meds are due and try to participate in that when my mentor is doing them, doing anything else needed by my patients. I am expected to do the handover, and I mess it up most times because I'm not confident yet with some aspects of the patient care such as IVs! I just still feel like I'm not doing enough or I could be doing everything better? I never know if I'm doing 'enough' or what's 'expected'.

    I just feel like I am being evaluated and judged all the time, and it causes great anxiety and stresses me out! So by the end of the shift I run out of steam and get so tired - I struggle to focus! 😞

    I don't really know what the point of my rant is - but maybe see if everyone has a similar feeling sometimes? Or am I just underachieving? 😔

    Hope this moan makes sense lol.
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    (Original post by StudentNurse125)
    Hello guys!

    I'm a child nursing student, currently in Part 2 of my training. Does anyone else find their placements a struggle in Part 2? I'm just finishing the formative Hub part on a ward, and whilst I'm learning loads I just feel like I'm not 100% getting it? From the start my mentor just let me look after our patients mostly independently, I do all their obs, paperwork, fluid balances, keep an eye on when meds are due and try to participate in that when my mentor is doing them, doing anything else needed by my patients. I am expected to do the handover, and I mess it up most times because I'm not confident yet with some aspects of the patient care such as IVs! I just still feel like I'm not doing enough or I could be doing everything better? I never know if I'm doing 'enough' or what's 'expected'.

    I just feel like I am being evaluated and judged all the time, and it causes great anxiety and stresses me out! So by the end of the shift I run out of steam and get so tired - I struggle to focus! 😞

    I don't really know what the point of my rant is - but maybe see if everyone has a similar feeling sometimes? Or am I just underachieving? 😔

    Hope this moan makes sense lol.
    It's really good that you want to improve and want to do better. That's a really good attitude to have. Nurses are learning constantly throughout their careers and we should all want to improve our skills and provide the best possible care.

    It's so difficult to say what sort of stage you should be at because it really varies depending how much experience you've had in a particular area and how quickly you're progressing. As long as you are meeting your required competencies, you have nothing to worry about. It sounds good that you are becoming more independent and organising your own patients - this is a huge aspect of being a qualified nurse which some students don't grasp until very late on in their training.

    Any mentor would appreciate you showing the initiative and saying you feel like you're struggling with a particular aspect and asking for their advice. For example, if you're struggling with IV's, you could ask to observe IV antibiotics being set up, find out why they are needed, and then do some research of your own. Obviously you are not allowed to be involved in this, and you are not expected to be fully competent in every area of nursing care, but most things can be observed and discussed. It doesn't need to be your mentor - any nurse you feel you could ask or doctor can give you useful advice and information.

    If you find yourself getting stressed and feel like you're making the same mistakes over and over or feel that you need more advice, you really need to have a discussion with your mentor (or another nurse you work with) to identify what you need to work on, and make some sort of plan for how you can move forward. Also, having a look through your competencies with your mentor and picking out areas you both think you need to focus on is a good way to make sure you're developing the right skills.
 
 
 
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