The first year: So much learned, so much to learn - page 3

by wannabecnl

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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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    Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure you will do great things as a nurse.
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    Thank you so much for sharing! I am in my second month of orientation as a new grad and, although I feel like I am improving (slowly, but surely), I still feel slow and dumb. Sometimes I feel like my preceptor looks at me as if I'm a complete idiot! I have to keep reminding my self that I am new at this, and many things like the big buzz words of *time management,* *critical thinking,* and *prioritization* will get better with time and experience. I shouldn't expect to be perfect right away.

    I have to say though that I am freaking out that I will be on my own soon and don't feel ready! Your first paragraph about anxiety really resonated with me! I even have nightmares about my patients and making mistakes on the floor! Anyone else have that problem?

    Anyway, I am glad to hear that you are doing well and that it does get better! All the best to all of the new grads!!!
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    Thanks for this! im about to get off orientation in four days. I still feel like a complete idiot and im so scared that ill be drowing in so many tasks i have to finish by myself. I feel like some of my coworkers are so frustrated with me cause sometimes im so slow and take such a long time at the medication room. But at least im learning to just not care anymore about what other people think. At least now im learning that what matters is the perserverance.
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    As a nurse of almost 24 years , I can tell you that you will never stop learning and growing as long as you have the desire and motivation .
    I learn so many new things every day and my thirst for knowledge never ends! My ability to help save lives defines me and I admit I am addicted to the adrenaline rush I experience daily at work .
    Good luck on your journey. !
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    Im a newly grad, will be starting to work in the coming weeks and i feel sooo scared...but this post was encouraging thank you. You made me realize that it's normal to feel not 100% prepared the first year working as a nurse.
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    I've been a nurse for a year and a half now and you're post has made me realize that I also no longer am obsessed with the obituaries. Great read.
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    I'm almost at a year now too. I work full time and I love it every single day. Seriously we are so blessed to be working in the PACU as opposed to the floor. I did the exact same job when I was in the military so nursing school was quite pointless.

    For the most part I do function on my own except for when I'm like what in the world is this... haha. I'm used to recovering 20 year old blown up men. Not an appy or IV drug users or people in poor health. I truly do love it every day.

    I said to a co-worker I really hope I don't hate my job in 20 years. She doesn't think I will. I may not love it as much but I can't imagine hating it here.
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    Future nurse here, im really really excited to get into this career! thank you for this.
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    Great article! Learning how little you know is a big step, and the road from novice to expert is a long one. Hope your second year is as educational!


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