On May 17th I will be graduating from nursing school and although this has been what I have been waiting for I have suddenly been engulfed in fear. Am I prepared enough, will I be hired, will I ever be confident in my skills, will I be respected as a new nurse. Has anyone been at this point and how did you get past it ??
Of course this is typical. You poor thing I would hate to ever have to go back to that day. Unfortunately and fortunately all you have to do is go through it. You keep asking why and keep looking things up and time will go by and you will grow in confidence. There is no way to avoid the process; in fact be grateful- this is how you become awesome!!!!! In a very short time you will get used to the place and the flow and a little while longer you’ll even get used to cardiac and respiratory and trauma and shock patients 🙂
Thank you so much for the speedy response, as I study for research the worry grew and reading that really put me at ease!
I’ve been an RN for 32 years. I don’t remember feeling nervous til I started my first job which was weeks after I graduated. It was terrifying but here I am. I survived and you will too. There will always be nasty Nurses around because that’s just life. Find the kind people. They are always there. Always. They will help you. If you aren’t sure about what you are about to do, trust that gut instinct and ask for a second opinion or ask for help. When your work is done and someone else is running around like crazy; help them – they will remember it.
I always tell new Nurses or Student Nurses to remember those mean people and resolve to never behave that way. But honestly, most people including Nurses, Doctors, Patients and their Families are good people.
Good luck 🙂
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