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I’m about to start second year adult nursing and I was looking over the material last night and I’m feeling clueless. Ive just realised how many things there are to learn that I haven’t even heard of. Placement wise I mean.
I barely even know the basics other than HCA work. I’m getting really nervous.
My question is, when do you start feeling like you actually know things? On placement, when do you feel you know what you are doing?

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Hello

I’m about to start second year adult nursing and I was looking over the material last night and I’m feeling clueless. Ive just realised how many things there are to learn that I haven’t even heard of. Placement wise I mean.
I barely even know the basics other than HCA work. I’m getting really nervous.
My question is, when do you start feeling like you actually know things? On placement, when do you feel you know what you are doing?

Thanks!
Don't feel clueless okay .
You'll soon learn things when you start second year and get on placements .
Best thing to do if possible is to keep reading the material you already doing and try to take some of this into your next year of nursing .

You know about HCA work then use that to help you okay as you least learn some stuff as HCA worker.

I wouldn't imagine you are the only person feeling nervous and clueless at the moment, I presume that your placements was cancelled earlier in the year due to covid19 and doing online lectures only .
Well obviously that won't help but I think that this will be taking into account anyway with NMC and universities & hospital trusts for the likes of yourself.

You can usually start learning things on nursing after or during first placement but others may struggle till another one or two placement untill they pick up things more.
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Hello

I’m about to start second year adult nursing and I was looking over the material last night and I’m feeling clueless. Ive just realised how many things there are to learn that I haven’t even heard of. Placement wise I mean.
I barely even know the basics other than HCA work. I’m getting really nervous.
My question is, when do you start feeling like you actually know things? On placement, when do you feel you know what you are doing?

Thanks!
I felt exactly the same at the end of 1st year (and 2nd year!)
I've been qualified 9 months and can definitely say that I only realised how much I'd learned and how much I knew in the middle of 3rd year. I have students asking questions now and my answer varies from actually knowing it, to "let's check the BNF" to "I have no idea, let's ask Sister/ring the specialist nurse".
A couple of my colleagues have been qualified 40+ years each, know loads... yet both will admit when they don't know the answer/what to do about something but know exactly who to ask!
Honestly, knowing the basics & HCA work from 1st year is a great foundation for going into 2nd year and you've got something to work on.
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I felt exactly the same at the end of 1st year (and 2nd year!)
I've been qualified 9 months and can definitely say that I only realised how much I'd learned and how much I knew in the middle of 3rd year. I have students asking questions now and my answer varies from actually knowing it, to "let's check the BNF" to "I have no idea, let's ask Sister/ring the specialist nurse".
A couple of my colleagues have been qualified 40+ years each, know loads... yet both will admit when they don't know the answer/what to do about something but know exactly who to ask!
Honestly, knowing the basics & HCA work from 1st year is a great foundation for going into 2nd year and you've got something to work on.
Hi Emily

You are right on about getting asked things from new students and you got to think about answer quickly as they expecting you to know it straight away but sometimes we don't because we are still learning ourselves dispite being qualified and yeah we may have to go and ask somebody else for the answer that the students asking us.
Hope you enjoying your first year almost as a qualified nurse ask know how you feel on things with only qualified last summer.
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