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
Feb 5, '13Useyournoodle 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!
Feb 6, '13When 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.
Feb 6, '13Ive 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.
Feb 6, '13Well, 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!
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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
Feb 6, '13I 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.
Feb 6, '13Hmm.. going on just shy of a decade of working as a nurse.
I'll let you know when the anxiety goes away.
Feb 7, '13I 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?
Feb 7, '13I'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.
Feb 7, '13My anxiety started to subside by 6-8 months, but I didn't really start to feel comfortable until at least a year in.
Feb 14, '13Quote from payitforwardThanks for this!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!
Feb 16, '13You 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.