Overcoming Obstacles of First Year Online Nursing School
My online nursing experience has been very interesting to say the least. I think first year nursing school is probably one of the most challenging obstacles that many of us have had to overcome (academic wise). Online learning is bit tough because we do not have many opportunities to interact with other students and clinical instructors. It also feels like nursing school is mainly self taught so that makes it difficult to apply it to real life situations and clinical scenarios.
The good thing is our clinical instructor does a great job with explaining things that we need a better clarification on. The best part of being in second semester is being able to gain hands on experience with patients and working with nurses who are doing this every day. Working with patients in the hospital setting is very rewarding because we get to assist other nurses with providing exceptional care to patients and learn a lot about that is means to be a nurse. We have gained better insight on the duties and responsibilities of the nursing profession and we have sharpened our interpersonal communication and confidence with our face to face interactions. Overall, I feel that we are really blessed to be assigned to our unit at UMMC.