Adjusting to new position R.N.?

  1. I am a December graduate and a new R.N. from first week in February. I had five good weeks of orientation from Januaury first as a GN and onwards. I am now let loose in the big wide world of nursing! Every day is a big challenge and I am desperately trying to keep my head above water. I like it but its hard to be the new one in a busy med surg unit in a big hospital.Encouragement would be appreciated! LOVE MOMANGEL.
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  3. by   jnette
    Scary feeling, isn't it?
    I'm a new grad, too, as of Dec., and NCLEX a moth ago. I'm grateful I'm not let loose on a busy med-surge ward, though...
    (although I'd sure like to get there one day). Right now learning all the RN responsibilities at my dialysis clinic is enough. Been there 6 years as a tech, and somehow, everyone thinks that because I've BEEN there 6 years, I just kinda absorbed everything I'm 'sposed to know now by osmosis ! They don't give much thought to the fact that as a tech, I just concentrated on being a tech.. and pretty much let the nursing end of it pass me by. I'd sure like to have some REAL orientation !

    Talked to my DON about it, and she had to admit, she and everyone else are so used to seeing me there, they just kinda assumed I knew everything ! NOT ! So we're working on all that now.

    Good luck to you ! You'll get there. I'm tempted to say "trial and error", but error isn't something we can afford with our patients !
    That's what makes it so scarrrrrrrry !!!
  4. by   Rapheal
    Just keep going!!!!! I am 2 weeks into my orientation on med/surg. Some nurses are trying to eat me alive already because this hospital has financial problems and they resent the money and time spent training a new grad.

    Surprise for them- I am not leaving until my commitment to the hospital is done. The only way I am leaving is if I die or get fired.
    So for those who are trying to eat me alive-go ahead-BITE ME!!!!
    I am yummy and tasty.

    It is frustrating that some RN's that I meet for the first time will not even speak to me. Huh? Another thing some do is try to intimidate me physically. I am small and some of these nurses are like 5'10 and over 200lbs. They get really close and slam things on the med cart to get me to move even though I am there first. I just plant my feet and ask nicely"Would you like me to move? and them make enough room so we share the cart. They would like me to move so they have the entire cart, and want me to be pushed out of the way. No way! These sweeties better be prepared to knock me over cuz I am small, but I am not going to deny my patients their meds on time.

    Just remember that all new grads need to learn. I offer you my support and encouragement. PM me if you like and we can swap stories. I have some real funny ones already.

    And as always, Smiles everyone. Never let them break you. Smile and apologize when needed, but do not give up!!!!!
  5. by   renerian
    It is exciting, I remember it! It is then you realize you have so much to learn! I remember that too. We all go through it!

    Hang tough,

    renerian
  6. by   cpgrn
    It's scary to be a new RN - it takes time to feel comfortable with what you're doing. This also happens if you change jobs while you are an RN. I've done it twice and each time its like starting over. It gets better - just have faith in yourself and remember your skills and why you are there. Good luck to you!
  7. by   New CCU RN
    I am almost at my year anniversary of starting work as a new grad RN!! It will get much easier everyday! That is not to say that you won't have shi**y days cus you will. But overall you will start feeling more and more confident everyday that you go into work. Just keep up the good work and try and find some trusted coworkers that you can utilize as resources...and pick their brains!

    I started out in CICU in a large teaching hosp where there interns and residents are just about as clueless about the cardiac population as I was ... when I started... and it can pretty scary in the middle of the night when you have a crashing patient and you are telling the docs what needs to be done. But that's when you need to be assertive and if you don't like the answers you are getting then go up the ladder and if it means calling a higher up such as the fellow or attending.. then do it... and don't feel bad about it.

    As far as dealing with dinosaurs of nurses... ya know.. the ones that have been there forever so they feel entitled that they can treat you like crap and eat you alive... try to not be sensitive about it... it's not you personally.. it's something they do to every new person that walks through "their" halls. They are testing you for whatever reason.... try to just blow it off. There are probably some awesome nurses on your unit too...seek them out. I bet they have their same feelings about the "dinosaurs".

    Stay tough... but be open for positive criticism and ways to improve your practice...
  8. by   Mint Julip
    It takes time and lots of practice to feel comfortable in your own right. It took me about 6 months to find my groove so to speak. I have worked med-surg for close to a year now and it is very hectic at times, but it has been a fulfilling experience for me. I took a job on the same unit that I did my clinical rotation on as a student. It made the transition a lot easier. The nurses are fabulous and have always treated me as a peer and not just a new grad to train. Unfortunately you will run into nasty people in every profession. Some people just lack compassion for whatever reason. Try not to take it personally. Keep your chin up!
  9. by   meownsmile
    i have to agree with all the above. I got off orientation the end of August and i still have to ask questions if im not sure. Just dont be afraid to. There will be things that you dont do often and you need to continue asking until you are comfortable with them. It gets better, but there are always going to be those days when you ask yourself what you are doing there.
    Dont be afraid to ask for help if you feel yourself getting swamped either.
  10. by   Elenaster
    I just finished my third week of orientation in NSICU in a big teaching hospital, and even though I have experience as an intern in this area, I'm having a hard time adjusting to the new environment. I'm also hating night shift and I don't think my preceptor and I could be more mismatched personality-wise. To top it off, one of the nurses who started a month before me has already given notice, which really freaks me out.

    I hope in time, it will get better. If not I'll give it at least six months. I think I might have "new nurse" syndrome. Anyway, glad to have the support of this forum. I think being a new nurse is really tough and we need others to share with.
  11. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Elenaster
    Anyway, glad to have the support of this forum. I think being a new nurse is really tough and we need others to share with.
    Yep. Really does help, doesn't it? Don't know what I'd do without this place !
  12. by   momangel29
    THANK you all for repling to me.TODAY of course had to be a fourteen hour day for me but I'M OFF tomorrow and the phone is off the hook! I know all good things in life come from hard work and eventually I might feel like a good nurse but right now I'm trying to earn my wings!!!
  13. by   New CCU RN
    Originally posted by momangel29
    THANK you all for repling to me.TODAY of course had to be a fourteen hour day for me but I'M OFF tomorrow and the phone is off the hook! I know all good things in life come from hard work and eventually I might feel like a good nurse but right now I'm trying to earn my wings!!!
    Keep up with your determination and hard work and things will get better! Good luck to you. Keep us posted on how things are going.
  14. by   Disablednurse
    Momangel, you will do great. Just hang in there and soon you will wonder what you were ever worried about. It will hit you one day that hey, this is great. Just get your own rhythm going, partly yours, borrow from this one and that one and then it will be yours. As unique as you are. Best wishes.

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