I graduated from nursing school in June and the following Monday, I started in the Cardiothoracic ICU. I get off orientation next weekend
. The orientation for the new grads has been great. We've going through skills labs..had case studies..had classes each week..and we even have a full test date with skills and 3 written tests. They have really prepared us.
But, I'm still very nervous! I feel SOO dumb at times..it's like..what did I learn in nursing school?? I've been told it takes ATLEAST a year before I will be able to breathe normal..and even then..you never stop learning and doing. But, I just feel a little off when it comes to the doctor's rounding and helping them with bedside procedures such as insertion of Swans..or intubations/trachs. I've gotten good reviews from my preceptors and everyone (including my nurse educator) has told me I'm too hard on myself and that I can't compare my 3 months of experience with someone who has 1 or 2 years of experience.
I still have SOOO much to learn and while i don't feel overwhelmed yet..I do feel stressed. We've rotated through day and night shifts (I'm on my 2nd go-round with days) and I'll be nights for good starting in October. I feel less stressed at night. Still stressed...but not as much.
I just need assurance that it will get better...right??