Feeling like a failure most days - page 2

I am a new grad at a hospital med/surg floor and I work rotating shifts a month. I can manage a full assignment on most shifts and have been performing at a very rudimentary level. I am having... Read More

  1. by   NurseGuyBri
    I truly think you are on the right track. You sound just like how I felt when I started. I became comfortable after about a month, but it was a full year before I felt truly confident. Even then, I still had doubts. It's a small level of anxiety that makes you heighten your awareness to things that you need to pay attention to. You really need to sit down and talk with someone, though. There is great advice above my reply, honestly, but you need to go over in real time with someone some goals and things that may help. Good luck to you!!
  2. by   NurseGuyBri
    One more thing. when you leave feeling like a hot mess, that means you probably did some real nursing and saved some lives. That will never go away, it will only decrease in frequency
  3. by   healthstar
    You must be my twin! You totally described me in orientation!! Which ended when I had stable pts, meds, assessments, report everything was on time and I was on top of everything, once something unexpected happened, my anxiety kicked in and could not focus when everyone was asking for things at the same time .......I felt confident at the end of orientation, but I was slow for the unit , i could run andngo faster but I an a new grad I have to read and reread orders, meds, do triple checks to avoid mistakes. If I rush and I am a new grad I will make a mistake!