At orientation I felt like I was starting the greatest journey of my life. With all the helpful information from third year students, I felt like I was mentally preparing myself. My first clinical day I felt confident to perform skills such as ADL’s. Getting used to the equipment was something that made me a bit uneasy. I felt year one I was just getting to know the patient and practice my assessment skills. Year two I felt pushed to know medications better, time management, and documentation. Year three I feel I have all those pieces moving smoothly together. I’m able to tackle the tasks of the day with much less stress because I’m more efficient and knowledgeable. My critical thinking skills have improved through the years which helps make the clinical day run organized.
In a year from now I have a few goals in mind. I would like to feel more competent in my training most especially. I try to model nurses that have qualities I thrive off of and want to embody that fully in 1 year. My other goals involve fitness, dieting, and lifestyle. In 3 years, I’d like to be fully competent and applied or in a nurse practitioner program. In five years I hope to be set in the best job for me and my lifestyle. I’m ready to graduate from nursing school. I’ve learned so much and just need to bring all my knowledge to the field and live and appreciate the life I created for myself and worked hard for.