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The Crying Game

Last week during (and after) one of my clinical days, two of my nursing students cried. One cried because she didn’t get as good of a grade as she was hoping for, and another thinks she might fail one of her didactic classes.

I’m always sympathetic when a student tells me they’re frustrated or worried or nervous. I think of my days as a student and how anxious I felt. But I also wonder how to handle the crying. To lighten the mood, I sometimes talk too much. I repeat myself, which I’m not sure is all that helpful.

I also try to listen and offer my support. Unfortunately, there is only so much I can do about a student who prepares poorly for clinical or another who is failing academically.

So what do I do? I keep telling them to try, to work hard, and to cut themselves some slack. I hope that helps.

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