Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing - page 14

by Make.it.workRN

January-I was thrilled to have my dream job in a Newborn ICU, I was making cold hard cash. I had an awesome preceptor for orientation. I was signing my name with RN behind it, I was giving meds all by myself, I was a nurse, woo... Read More


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    Nurse Hooloovoo, it's only your 2nd day on your own. You're still like a bird fallen from the nest! I'm sorry that you're in a hospital that is pushing the day shift out at a certain time...often times a good nurse HAS to take the time to take care of the patients and wait until the end of the shift to stay late to document. Every shift has it +s and -s and in my limited experience day shift is the "med-pass shift".&nbsp;<br><br>I agree with GitanoRN that you should talk to the seasoned nurses on how to manage your time, but please don't try to emulate those nurses who seem to finish their work on time....in my experience good seasoned nurses usually leave late. The nurses that get out on time on a regular basis put documentation before patient care. You are going to be slow for a while, and that is ok!!! Better safe than sorry <br></font> </div> </div>
    Last edit by nstudent16 on Jun 7, '12 : Reason: Fix text
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    i have one thing to say...."better late than never"
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    Thank you for not only addressing your struggles, but also how you over came them too... It is important for us to know that although we do go through 4 years of college, we still don't have all the answers and know how to do everything. Experience and our ability to seek help when needed are the key to self improvement.
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    It's been over a year for me too and it was a rollercoaster ride. I am on my third nursing job now been working since April 2011. I am still trying to find my niche
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    I've now been a nurse for 6 years! I come back and read this article sometimes when I'm burned out, because it takes me right back to that time. I've left the NICU, because, get ready for it....... I was BORED! I'm still at the same facility, just another job. I am considering a move away from the bedside, but I love taking care of kids so much I'm not sure I can leave them.I hope all who have struggled have found peace and all who are currently struggling find solace in the article and the comments.Good luck everyone!
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    Quote from guzmank02
    Thank you for not only addressing your struggles, but also how you over came them too... It is important for us to know that although we do go through 4 years of college, we still don't have all the answers and know how to do everything. Experience and our ability to seek help when needed are the key to self improvement.
    I agree with you totally I learned more my first year as a nurse than the over five years it took for me to finish my degree, it was a tough road, some days I want to run screaming from a patient's room. However then you meet the ones that are frequent fliers in your facility who sometimes still remember your face even if they don't recall your name, but they just make you smile when they ask for a hug.
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    I came across your post on FB. Even though I am an adult ICU RN, I can completely relate to this post. I just finished my first year in ICU and I still struggle some days. I love what I do. I find it challenging, overwhelming at times, but I love the caring aspect of it. Im glad to hear that other people experience that same "what did I get myself into" moments. I work with experienced nurses and don't always get that insight.
    Thank you.


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