How long does the "new nurse anxiety" usually last? - page 3

Hey all! I know there is a section on this forum about disabilities but I don't think this relates to clinical anxiety/depression. As a new nurse (2 months without preceptor) I basically have,... Read More

  1. Visit  ASM90 profile page
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    Useyournoodle I definitely know how you feel. Glad you're in the same boat lol. Once you're actually on your own the anxiety will kick in a bit more. You said you have a great staff, then they will be there when its busy because they know how to handle it. I learned through experience that even during the crazy rush in the ED, there's always a nurse or charge nurse to help you out. Sounds like we have 6-12months before we feel better haha.Thank everyone else for the posts. I'm reading everyone of them and it's definitely making me feel better. Keep em coming!
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  3. Visit  judybsn profile page
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    When in a new area I write everything I learn down in a pocket notebook, which I photocopy double sided in mini-print. When an unfamiliar event occur out comes my notebook. This has saved me much angst.
  4. Visit  Chixie profile page
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    Ive been in my job for 21 months and i still get the butterflies at times. I feel slightly more comfortable ie the sweats and the shakes have stopped but i still go over and over and over things in my head and sometimes end up making mountains outta molehills but i guess this too will pass eventually.
  5. Visit  payitforward profile page
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    Well, to be honest, sometimes it never really goes away until you wake up one morning and say, " HEY!!!! I GOT IT!!!!!" Don't focus on what you may do wrong, but correct , take note, and move on. When I first started working in the ER i was so scared I didn't want to do anything. But when I got my feet FINALLY wet, ii was great I was good to go. Hang in there!
  6. Visit  Daly City RN profile page
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    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I'm saying this in all seriousness...

    I started my nursing career in 1981.

    Most of those years were spent in a very busy medical center.

    How long did my anxiety last?

    The question should be, "When did the anxiety end?"

    Answer: On the day I retired from my nursing career.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Retired from the county-owned hospital job: 2008

    Second nursing job, 2008 to today's retirement, 02/06/2013. (Seriously)
    Last edit by Daly City RN on Feb 6, '13
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  7. Visit  nursemarion profile page
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    I totally agree. I have never lost that sense of anxiety since I started nursing. I have been in health care since 1980, an RN since 1985.
  8. Visit  iamunafraid profile page
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    Hmm.. going on just shy of a decade of working as a nurse.
    I'll let you know when the anxiety goes away.
  9. Visit  BSNbeDONE profile page
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    It never goes away. It just fades into STRESS! Lol! Seriously......
  10. Visit  ASM90 profile page
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    I understand how this anxiety may always stay with us because of the type of job we have so here is my question:
    Do you all think this may affect our health in the long run?
  11. Visit  christyness profile page
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    I'm a new grad in an ICU. I currently have been working for a little over six months, and o my own for a little over two months.

    I'm starting to get more comfortable in some ways. The beeps and the noises are beginning to get to me though

    I have been told it takes about one year to be comfortable and about two years to become fully competent in everything an ICU nurse knows and does.

    I have however realized that nursing involves always being, on some level, uncomfortable. And, now that I have realized that, I'm less stressed.
  12. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    My anxiety started to subside by 6-8 months, but I didn't really start to feel comfortable until at least a year in.
  13. Visit  j_tay1981 profile page
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    Quote from payitforward
    Well, to be honest, sometimes it never really goes away until you wake up one morning and say, " HEY!!!! I GOT IT!!!!!" Don't focus on what you may do wrong, but correct , take note, and move on. When I first started working in the ER i was so scared I didn't want to do anything. But when I got my feet FINALLY wet, ii was great I was good to go. Hang in there!
    Thanks for this!
  14. Visit  babysteps25 profile page
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    You are not alone in anxiety. I am almost at my 1 year mark, been working for 11 months. I stopped having meltdowns after 3 months but I still have A LOT of anxiety all the time. I keep being told things are supposed to snap into place after a year and it worries me that I am so close and still so anxious and unsure of myself all the time.


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