I didn’t stress too much over this check off. It involved memorizing about three pages of information about how to do a complete review of systems for a head-to-toe assessment: general appearance, EENT, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and abdomen. I managed to memorize the pages word for word, and I felt really prepared. While waiting outside the door to go in, I got super nervous, but I still knew that I had the material down and would be okay. Once in the room, I went first before my lab partner/best friend. So, I’m going through the assessment with no problems, and then I’m stopped just before I would have gotten to the second page of the check off if I were reading it. My lab partner had to reposition herself so my instructor could see everything from a side-view. My train of though was thrown off a bit, but I regained composure and continued like it was no big deal. I finish the assessment thinking that I did a great job and remembered everything word for word. HOWEVER, my instructor is like “you have two minutes left, think of what you missed because it’s pretty big.” And I’m like OH DANG! So, I start going through the whole thing again in my head, and then I realize – I completely skipped over the whole musculoskeletal system! Thank god my instructor lets her student go back and assess or say something that they have missed because I probably would have failed if I didn’t remember that I forgot a whole system.
What matters is that I passed! However, I literally could not believe that I had done that. My lab partner and I ran through the whole thing 4 times before going up, and I had it down perfectly. Then, I got into the room and nerves got the best of me, and I forgot an entire system. I remembered everything eventually, but it just goes to show that not everything will go your way no matter how much preparation you’ve done.
It never gets easier; you just get stronger.