-#1 talk to your residency program director and ask for guidance on what you should do
-Take one shift at a time
-Find what your like about this new journey (you're now saving lives and helping to heal the sick, it's a big girl job, you beat out other new grads for the position, is your unit welcoming? there's at least ONE thing you must like about this job)
-If there are other new grads in your co-hort, try befriending them. I came out with a handful of buddies form my new grad residency and occasionally we go out for food/drinks
-Take suggestions and criticism with grace. You're new and are starting from scratch. Experienced staff are full of knowledge and they're only helping to better you as a nurse. You can take at least one thing away from every interaction/experience
-Stick the year out in med surg (if you're allowed to switch units after a year, try applying for the ED if positions are open). Consistency and commitment looks good on a resume and benefits your future job seeking.
-Find your support system (mom? sibling? friend? You'll need someone who you can rant to without them rolling their eyes or putting you down during year 1)
-Find ME TIME. Hang with friends, take a mini vaca, travel. This job is very stressful and without an outlet you will get burned out quick
I worked in the ED as a tech and was hired as an RN when I graduated. Did a year long residency program. I'm a year into nursing. It's been full of very hard work, learning, growth, and achievements. The beginning is rough because you're learning to sail but with time, you'll get and feel better. I love the ED- can't see myself working in any other unit but let me tell you I am feeling the first year burn out. Or maybe it's just the ED? Or just nursing? I started my RN-BSN full time right after orientation and working FT night shift...it'll take a toll on you. BUT I took about 3 trips during that year to decompress and found that was the key for me. Traveling is my outlet and gave me a chance to refresh before going back to work. I also love hanging with my pets. Find something unrelated to work/nursing and you'll find that will help immensely- explore your new city!
My ED is not built for the volume we see and some shifts are horrible but I know the next shift is a new day and I'll get through it like I got through the other nights where I wanted to pull my hair out. I love my team. My unit has been amazing at teaching and embracing the new grads/new staff. The beginning did not come without hardships- there will be people who test you- but remember why you started nursing. You survived nursing school
. Hold on to that.
Hang in there.