I am a new grad and just took a position in an acute rehab facility in massachusetts. The types of patients that are on the floors are on vents, have trachs, amputations, lots and lots of g tubes and ng tubes and lots of other tubes, av fistulas and get hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, ms, spinal injuries, strokes, wounds, cardiac issues and many many more things. I got pretty good grades in school and passed the NCLEX with no problem and I feel lost. I start with a preceptor next week and I am sooooooooo nervous! There are so many things that I have never done in school or at clinical. Should I be nervous??? What do they expect from me? Should I be reviewing everything? I am gonna have ALOT of questions and I know I shouldn't be afraid to ask but I am. HELP, any advice is appreciated.
Sep 22, '08
I know how you feel. I'm still completing my first year of nursing too. And considering I got good grades at uni and aced the board exam (we don't do NCLEX in my part of the world) I thought I could go in there guns a-blazing. So I did! I jumped in feet first (I work in a PACU, which isn't the easiest place to start).
Long story short, I was called into the charge nurses office twice in my first month. And as she and my nurse educator put it so delicately "you don't know anything".
So yeah, don't by shy to ask. But I still insist a new grad needs to go in blazing!!! Although that might just be me...
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