My Clinical Experience

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Erin Haggins
English 101, Section 302
September 26, 2012
Paper 1, Draft 1
Becoming a nurse has been a lifetime dream since I was a child. I was always told that I had a warm heart and the gift for caring. During my senior year, I finally got the opportunity to expand my true talent, which became a life-changing experience in my life.

When my senior year approached, I was excited about taking the third class of Health Science Technology. Although I had taken the first and second class during my sophomore and junior year, this would be the year where I would get to demonstrate my true talent and developing skills. I was placed in the second group, which started after Christmas break. This kind of made me a little upset because I was ready to start my clinical hours in September. On the other hand, I looked at the date as having extra time to master my skills and build my confidence as a person. I guess you could say I was a bit nervous about caring for someone else.

My instructor gave us all the material we needed to know for this course. She told us that it wasn’t going to easy, and that we really needed to be determined to pursue a career in the medical field. In other words, there was a lot of hard work was needed in order to pass this course.

As I waited for January to draw near, I studied in my Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook every day. I practiced my skills in the classroom as well as at home. I was grateful to have a mother who is nurse, because she guided me through my steps. She would tell me the things I did wrong, and also the things I did right. While the first group did their clinicals, I had late-ins along with the people who were in my group. Instead of having it all week long, it was just on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. That was good enough for me because I was able to sleep in three days out of the week. But, I loved coming to school on Wednesday mornings, just to hear the crazy stories that the other group shared with us in...
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