Phew!  I am so relieved that’s over!  My physical assessment exam was this morning.  I moved a little more slowly than they wanted (took me 39 minutes rather than the expected 30) but my instructor did admit that my volunteer offered a lot more information while I was doing the assessment and that it was good I followed up with thorough questions.  He also reassured me that efficiency will come with time.

I had a few technique issues here and there – no surprise since I have been a nursing student for exactly 4 weeks – but I didn’t forget anything and overall he said I did a great job.

It was very disconcerting to be watched so closely – I’m sure I was blushing furiously.  As I mentioned before, I have major performance anxiety issues.  And I’m proud and stubborn and don’t like to be wrong.  But I guess there’s no problem with a little humility.  I can’t be an expert nurse overnight, right?

This was my last major source of stress before S arrives.  I’m a free woman the rest of today and tomorrow, and I have clinicals Thursday and Friday.  Friday at 9:30 p.m. can’t come soon enough!

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