This September will complete the first year that I will be working as an RN. I am just curious as to see what everyone else's first year as an RN was like.
Jul 29, '03
My first year as a RN....
Well I remember when I first started, I was overwhelmed with taking care of 6 patients (now it's okay). Everyone kept on telling me, "You'll find your routine don't worry..." and I have, I've learned how to prioritize my patients. At first I was really apprehensive about telling, 40 - 50 year women nurses aides, what to do now I am JUST getting used to asking them to help me...(maybe it's just me, I'm 25). I feel more confident in my skills but as always there are those times where I just need encouragement or a verification that "Yes this is what youre suppose to do". I am getting comfortable with the idea of talking to doctors (they really intimidated me earlier in my career). I am slowly learning to speak up to those old nurses who think they can push me around. I am normally a shy person, but lately I've been pretty vocal to my peers about what wasn't right...Im still asking questions (which I have NO problem with). Originally I wanted to go right into the ER but I was told by my co workers (while I was a nurse tech) that it would be wise to get some experience on the floor, BOY WERE THEY RIGHT! I don't know how I could have learned all the skills that I learned on the floor in the ER!
I am learning to separate work from home...and that has been a constant struggle.
Last edit by ERRN5778 on Jul 29, '03
Sep 10, '03
A phrase that i was always told in nursing clinicals,, is, never be afraid to admit what you dont know. I think that has helped me as much as anything. I never hesitate to ask, even if it is something i should know.
I have passed my one year mark in the job,, August started my second year on my own, out of orientation. Believe it or not, today i actually was able to give a seasoned RN a quick tip on something. I felt really good about that,, and the fact that she felt comfortable even asking me. We have some pretty good teamwork, and i still love my med/surg/ortho floor.
Last edit by meownsmile on Sep 10, '03