Clinicals start next week. Met my clinical instructor today. I’ll be on a “step-down” floor which is between an ICU and a med-surg floor. The nurse to patient ratio is 1:4. My instructor said that the hardest part is to get comfortable with touching a patient. When I’m a patient, I always expect doctors and nurses to touch me and invade my personal space and I think nothing of it. Last term, when we had actors be our patients, I realized that it’s a weird feeling to be invited into the personal space of a stranger. I suppose I’ll get used to it.