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- Feb 6 by Daly City RN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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
- Feb 6 by nursemarionI 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 by iamunafraidHmm.. going on just shy of a decade of working as a nurse.
I'll let you know when the anxiety goes away.
- Feb 6 by BSNINTHEWORKSIt never goes away. It just fades into STRESS! Lol! Seriously......
- Feb 7 by ASM90I 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 by christynessI'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 by turnforthenurseRNMy 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 by j_tay1981Quote 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 by babysteps25You 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.
- Feb 16 by j_tay1981Quote from babysteps25I've been working for about five months, and my manager says it will take about six to feel better. My coworkers think that is bunk and claim a year or so. Everybody seems to have different time frames, but all I know is that I feel pretty miserable.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.
But I guess I'm the one who wanted to be a nurse, right?