Before I start, I know the answer is yes. Someday. That feeling I get just when I am starting to feel like I know what I am doing, and then suddenly realize I have so much more to learn! SO much more! This final clinical/capstone/preceptorship that we all have to do is great, but I feel like it’s really just to get the basics down. And get a feel for what it’s really like to be a nurse. And while that’s all fine and dandy, I’m not sure we’re really all that prepared to hit the ground running.
It’s tough for faculty to set up curriculum, I know that. But at the same time, my school only requires 90 hours of precepting in our last quarter. That’s 7 Â½ shifts! ONLY! Other schools I know require far more than that. Regardless of the hours, I still leave my shift precepting with that gut wrenching feeling.
Even when the day is going well. When I’m feeling more independent. When I think that “hey, maybe I can get the hang of this,” Â there’s still a part of me that’s like, “AHHH! Â OMG!” Â It’s a constant voice in the back of my head. Sometimes it keeps me going, other times it forces me to just take a time out and chill. I feel like nursing school was really just the tip of the iceberg as far as “how to be a nurse.” Just when I felt like I was starting to get the hang of it last quarter, that feeling crept back up and reminded me that there’s a whole other world out there that I’ve got to learn about. I guess all I can do is muster up my knowledge, say a prayer, Â take a deep breath, and jump in.