Wow! I WAS really excited to start nursing school until I started reading about all the scary experiences some new grads are having, especially in their first year.
I have worked in many poisitions (secretary, phleb, ER tech, interpreter), and I feel I have a wide knowledge base to build upon. I know I still have much to learn, but I think I have some of the basics down. I expect at least being familiar with some things will help me through school and the beginning of what I hope will be a long nursing career. Where previous experience and school fail me I hope to rely on those around me to help me get the hang of things at first. I've never been afraid to ask questions, and I've seldom had anyone treat me like I was stupid for asking, what seemed to them to be, a simple question. Of course, there are people I tend to approach first, and some that I would only ask if I think it is REALLY important...like life and death...or simply if no one else knows.
I plan to work in the hospitals where I have had all my training when I first graduate because I already know the staff (and most importantly they're fantastic!), they're very supportive of me, and I would feel 'at home'.
I wonder if these new grads that are having such a difficult time had worked in a hospital (or whatever they are in) environment before? Or had they worked with the staff before? Or am I just blind to the horrors that lie in store for me? Should I re-think things? How should I prepare? Is it even possible to prepare? I have a week before I start school and I'm freaking out! Worst thing is I haven't even started yet!
l I thought I had a really good idea of what I was getting into, but maybe I don't.:uhoh21: I don't doubt this is my calling in life, but should I expect to have the same horrible experiences?