First Jobs for shy/anxious nurses?

  1. I graduated with an ADN and just passed my boards. I currently work as a nursing assistant so I see how the nurses work. I'm very shy, although when it comes to patient care, I'll speak up. However, I am very passive. I was never diagnosed, but I have anxiety. Under pressure, I cannot think straight and panic. I panic working as a nursing assistant when I feel like I can't put in the vitals on time or if I can't get to patient AM care on time. How will I be with 6-7 patients as a nurse? I thought about working at night to start off with, but I know I have to train during the day.

    what are some jobs that are suitable for my personality for new nurses??
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  3. by   lauriepat
    I know how you feel!!
    Are you set on working in a hospital? Some specialty offices where i live hire RN's. That is where my first lpn job was..taught me a lot about communication and speaking up. I look back now and see how far i've come in not being shy, or in my case, incredibly awkward lol. Good luck!!
  4. by   RNperdiem
    As a new grad in an oversaturated job market, your first job is often whatever you can find. Often it is nights or a rotating schedule.
    Under pressure, most new people will freeze. With experience, you overcome this and are able to act. As a new grad, being a little shy, unsure and hesitant is normal.
    Do you see shyness, lack of confidence, anxiety and passivity as things that can be managed or overcome?
    I am well familiar with these qualities and work to manage them every shift, and it gets easier.
  5. by   SouthernBelle85
    Been searching "anxiety, shy" on this forum and this post describes me. Except, I am a student. Last semester and I rotated at a clinic this wk and my awkwardness, shyness, anxiety...I can think straight and panic...I was awful...messing up on easy task. I have spent 5 semesters trying to overcome this and I know mine is lack of confidence. I am way too much in think straight and "fake until we make it" as they say....I get nervous and shake...I've been like this for most of my life.

    I'm thinking about talking to my HCP and see if they can prescribe something. Is medication the answer?