Im a new nurse just starting out on the Cardiac/stroke IMC floor at my hospital. Im on my 5th day of orientation and so far Im feeling VERY INCOMPETENT!!
I work with a really great nurse. She's been a nurse for about 25 yrs. She's very supportive, BUT when we are caring for our patients I have SO many questions, and when she answers them I truly feel DUMB! Im supposed to take my first patient by myself next week and I am NERVOUS (an understatement). All I can think of is....what if my patient codes because of a mistake I make. I know a lot of ppl always say its "normal" but i dont know. Im very insecure at this point. I feel like nursing school didnt teach me ANYTHING except the basics!! Any advise from those of you who survived through the very very beginning?!