Anxiety and Nervousness in Nursing

A few months ago I was required to explain to a patient that we needed to get a blood sample from him for a series of laboratory tests in order to make a satisfactory diagnosis of his condition. He was experiencing urethral burning during urination and his urine had strong odor and a cloudy appearance. Among the tests to be carried out was one for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and also an HIV test to explain the persistent recurrence of the symptoms and the resistance to medication.Anxiety and Nervousness in Nursing

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From his talk the patient seemed to know so much about the medical details surrounding his condition and he was making conscious effort to make me feel inadequate and incompetent. The patient was condescending in many ways. There arose a moral issue when I informed him that we needed to an HIV test just for the purposes of clearance of doubt. He imagined that I was moralizing his lifestyle and behavior. He understood that to mean that he was sexually irresponsible and immoral and started defending himself. He was rather sensitive about discussing his condition with me probably due to the secrecy and the privacy attached to the whole issue. He seemed scared of a positive HIV result and completely declined to discuss his fears with me instead choosing to mask and venting out on me. He questioned my medical knowledge and stated that he was not ready to have me attend to him.

I must admit he managed to make me feel inadequate, I felt incompetent and I was doing my best to impress him, to get him on my side, he really mattered, his opinion of me mattered so much. I needed him to apologize and withdraw the mean things he had said to me so that I could feel like a nurse again.Anxiety and Nervousness in Nursing Even after he agreed to let me get the blood sample I was severely nervous and annoyed at the same time. It was as if I cared and did not care at the same time. My hands were shaking and I was really scared of him noticing it and of making a mistake or causing an accident. I was afraid that I would not be able to collect the blood and run the tests and thus confirm my incompetency to him. Probably due to his appearance and the authority in his talk, he represented some strict authority figures in my life effectively escalating my anxiety. It was a very sad and confusing moment for me. I was distressed because I have always intended to be the best nurse there is to be and now here I was shaking, not able to collect a blood sample or even talk to the patient like a nurse is supposed to. I managed to get some blood out of him after some begging but a hard struggle trying to firm my hands.

The issue that I will explore in this paper is that of anxiety in the work place. The paper will be about my feelings as a nurse in the working environment and how confident I feel in myself and the skill that I have learnt since joining college to date.

The issue I tackle in this paper is broadly psychological in that it deals with my feels as nurse in the job and my confidence in my knowledge and ability to perform the task ahead of me. I believe that t6he dread and fear I went through emanate from my innate need to be very good, to be an excellent performer in various areas of my life and more importantly in my career.Anxiety and Nervousness in Nursing This in turn leads to perfectionism where I am so hard on myself to the point that I cannot take myself making a mistake no matter how small because to me a mistake is equal to failure and incompetency. When I was not sure what to say to make the patient see the sense and importance of the operation that I was about to undertake I started being impatient with myself then nervousness and anxiety set in. The patient was not doing much to help. Probably after noticing that I was a little shaken he decided to capitalize, and went out of his way to put me down realizing I was just but a rookie nurse. The anxiety increased and I was not able to think straight in terms of my relations with the patient. I chose to defend myself from the accusations of the patient (some of which were true, indeed I am inexperienced, I am just a trainee) instead of focusing on the important issue which was the test that was to be performed and the general well being of the patient.Anxiety and Nervousness in Nursing

 

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