The first year: So much learned, so much to learn - page 2

by wannabecnl 13,112 Views | 28 Comments

Today marks one year since I started my first real nursing job in the PACU. I mentioned this to my preceptor the other day, and she said she thought the year had flown by. I do, too, but it has been an ascending flight in many... Read More


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    Good luck everyone with your careers
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    I applaud you!! I have no idea how new grads succeed in areas like PACU. ICU, CICU, PICU. There is SO much that I didn't know I didn't know. I work on an ortho unit with a short move to a URO/GYN ONC unit. I have been there 8 months; worked 8 months in LTC rehab. You definitely learn to recognized subtle things that tend to end up being issues.

    I can't wait to see what I learn after another year. It males me feel better when I have veteran nurses that don't have all the answers and will look for them with you; are still curious after years of working.
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    nice.. by the way, how can i post here .. ?
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    Thank you for that piece...fantastic insights. I'm sure you will continue to grow and flourish in your career and feel more and more confident in your skills and ability to piece it all together. You "get it". I admire your perseverance.
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    THANK YOU!!

    Your take on critical thinking is exactly how I feel. I hear that term thrown around all the time at work and I can't stand it. Thank you!
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    Great advice. And man, I need someone like you on my unit to program all my PCA's...I haaaaaate programming, and especially troubleshooting, those things!
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    I hit my one year mark as a RN in October! I can't believe it. I'm so happy to have made it. I wanted to give up many times.

    I'm still on the learning curve and I still feel stupid sometimes...but I'm happy to see myself growing. I'm less task-oriented and I can chat more easily with my patients, educating them with confidence and still accomplishing all my tasks. I can better anticipate what patients and doctors want and need. My assessment skills and critical thinking skills are also way, way better.

    It can be hard sometimes...during a recent 12-hour night shift I was abused by a very rude patient. But the hard comes with the rewarding...because a few hours later I was notifying the orthopedic resident that my POD#1 hip replacement patient had no order for warfarin (and no PT/INR lab result).

    That's nursing. The good with the awful. I hope it gets easier...
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    For the truely motivated nurses, you learn something new almost every day... especially at allnurses.
    Enlightenedx and wannabecnl like this.
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    I love your writing style and appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. I am not yet where you are, but am well on my way (it will be my 2nd career). Continue to grow in grace. Knowing your resources but not constantly relying on them is always a good thing.
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    Quote from wannabecnl
    I think the only things that teach critical thinking are experience and curiosity.
    YES. This should be framed as a reminder for all nurses, new or not.
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