If you look through the threads in General Nursing Discussion
or First Year After Nursing Licensure
, you will find several familiar themes.
One, EVERYONE feels so totally overwhelmed.
I have been an RN, working full-time, for 36 years.
Have changed jobs X4 in that time.
Each time, even with experience, it took me a good year until I felt comfortable at the new place.
Please give yourself time, hugs and lots of both.
You got through nursing school
with your brains and hard work.
Same applies here.
Now, on to #2:
You are a new RN.
You are getting used to flying by yourself (no instructors around) and even though you SHOULD have a preceptor for X amount of time, you assume an RN's responsibility for your patients.
Not a student anymore.
That's enough to scare ya!
You can either freeze up and do nothing or keep your wits about you, use available resources and knowledge from nursing school, and keep moving forward.
Please do not judge what kind of a nurse you will be or the job based on two days on a unit.
How long will you have a preceptor?
Again: please be good to yourself and give yourself TIME.
Study at home.
Learn something new every day.
Keep a notebook with important things learned in it.
Formulate a "brain sheet" to help keep yourself/meds/treatments/IVs etc organized.
Keep on keeping on.