Full Circle, My First Year of Nursing - page 5

January - Newborn ICU Dream Job 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,... Read More

  1. by   sugar plum fairy
    Thank you for your wonderfully inspiring article!
    I will be starting out this month and I need all the inspiration I can get.
    Thanks and congrats!
  2. by   accordoba
    Thank you. I will be graduating soon and already sometimes I wonder if I made the right decison to change carrers, especially when you realize how little you know and how all the concepts get jumbled up in your brain.
    Your story was the little bit of inspiration that I needed to keep my spirits up and my determination strong.
    Thanks again.:spin:
  3. by   In the making
    You've touched my heart!
    Tears scroll down my face as I type. I'm almost graduating, BUT that confidence that I thought I'd have by this time, It's really NOT there yet. Reading this, makes me truly understand that the journey is yet to begin! Thank you for sharing & inspiring. I'm glad you found your safe haven.
  4. by   insuelin
    This article is great. Really gives a peek into what prospective nurses have in store for them. :wink2:
  5. by   glamgalRN
    I really enjoyed reading all about your experience. I'm graduating in May and have a interview in a few days for the NICU, just like you! It sounds like you've learned soo much and come such a long way. You must be so proud of yourself! After reading about your experience, I decided I want to keep a journal all about my first year in nursing. I believe it will only make me realize how much I have learned and even though there are hard times, helping people during one of the most difficult times of their life makes it all worth it.
    Congrats and good luck with your career!!
  6. by   penguinPool
    great article!
  7. by   jennybarbie
    I love this! I am a new grad of Dec 07, I take boards on tuesday. This was very inspiring!
  8. by   new male grad
    A wonderful article,
    As a newly licensed RN this article lets me belive that the first year will not kill me, wherever i end up starting at. I appriciate your honesty and encouragment it really goes a long way. Thank You!:wink2:
  9. by   CaliNicuRN
    Thank you for tracking your feelings the way you did. I wish I had done that. I'm a year and a half in and do feel "settled" if not always wonderful. I changed jobs 3x my first 14 months in and I think that is part of why it took me so long to feel more comfortable.

    Now I am a hospital and unit that I love. I do get the support I need and the challenges I want.

    I'm going to mark this post for myself so I can pass it on to other new nurses when they are first beginning.

    I am a NICU nurse.
  10. by   mother/babyRN
    Just an amazing rendition of the way all new grads feel. I loved it. You go
    girl! GREAT job and well written. I felt like I was going through the transition with you....Kind of like I felt when something happened on the unit when I was a new grad and I ran down the hall to get the nurse and then realized, oh crap, I WA the nurse.....This is beautiful and welcome to REALNURSEWORLD!
  11. by   imanedrn
    I am a new grad RN and am having a helluva time seeing the forest through the trees! I have finished the part of my training where my preceptor watches over my shoulder and picks up my slack. I will spend the next two weeks "splitting the pod" (I have MY 6 and she has HER 6 patients) with her. She will be there to assist but will no longer be picking up my pieces. And I'm abso-bloody-lutely terrified!

    Although I know NICU is far more intense than med/surg, it's still reassuring to read posts like this. Thanks
  12. by   funnyfarm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put your first year experiences into words. I am a new NICU RN (and a new grad to top it off). I am almost 8 months into my first year - two months into being on my own - and I can totally see myself in your entries. It was so encouraging to see that you were going through the same thing and came out shining and loving it. I hope to follow in your footsteps... I just hope that I can reach that point while still on nightshift, as there is no dayshift position in sight for me for the forseeable future.
    You're such a blessing!

  13. by   valkyria
    weebabyrn, you are wonderful. i love my students and i miss being a preceptor. i still remember my first student. she was 81/2 months pregnant and we were on a busy med-surg/step down unit. i thought for sure she was going to go into premature labor more than a few times, but i taught her to stop...gather her thoughts...breathe...and remember, "you are one woman, with two hands, who needs you more, who can you ask for help?" she did that on her first day, and it was a day from hell. i was so proud. i do not have children, yet, but that day, i felt like a proud mom. you made me proud too. you expressed all the dreams, fears, worries and joys that we all go through, every day. some have just forgotten how to feel or that feeling is ok. i am proud to be a nurse with nurses like you.