I'm done too - page 2

by Imafloat | 2,502 Views | 19 Comments

I have officially completed my first year of nursing. I graduated in Nov. 2006, passed my boards in Dec 2006, and started my job in Jan of 2007. The first year was nothing less than a roller coaster ride. I went through so... Read More


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    Fantastic post! It should be required reading for all nurses starting their careers. So many new nurses give up and quit when they hit the rough patches, unable to see that if they can just be strong and stick it out, things often do get better as skills develop.

    Thank you for the great post.
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    So what you are saying is the panic attacks before going to work actually do stop???!!!! Congrats !!!! You have given me hope to keep climbing up that mountain that is the first year of nursing!!!! I have been a nurse for 6 months, but with the extensive orientation my hospital gives us I haven't been "on my own" for too long....I am hoping by my 1st year anniversary (or by the end of 2008...) I will be really confident!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote from NewNurse16
    So what you are saying is the panic attacks before going to work actually do stop???!!!! Congrats !!!! You have given me hope to keep climbing up that mountain that is the first year of nursing!!!! I have been a nurse for 6 months, but with the extensive orientation my hospital gives us I haven't been "on my own" for too long....I am hoping by my 1st year anniversary (or by the end of 2008...) I will be really confident!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes they do! I didn't even mention those. I used to get palpitations going in some days, I feared/dreaded work with every ounce of my being, I felt like my feet were slogging through quicksand while walking to the nurses station for report.

    You will get confident. It starts with a moment here or there that eventually add up to a good day. Then the good days start becoming more frequent. The bad days are still there, but you get good days too, so you know things aren't always bad.

    I admit, I am not chomping at the bit to work extra, and I am a clock watcher come 1700. Work is work no matter how much you love it.

    Good luck to you as you finish your first year, you are halfway through! I can't wait to read your post when you get there.
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    Thanks for this awesome, awesome post!
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    WeeBaby..thank you for taking the time to share your first year experience. I was very touched and finished reading your post with tears in my eyes. Monday is my first day of nursing school after a 21 year career in another health field. I know I will think of your encouraging and reaffirming words often over the next couple of years.
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    What a wonderful post, you should submit it to a nursing journal!!!
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    WOW.. thank you for posting that, makes me WANT to go to work on Monday...

    I am still scared and can't think sometimes!
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    thanks for the glimpse into my future! i start in an intermediate nicu next month. congrats on completing your first year and here's to your next!
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    Reading this post put a huge smile on my face ..... thank you for writing that!!

    I remember when you graduated and started working in the NICU, reading through your posts while you were struggling. You really reminded me a lot of myself and I remember feeling the exact same way, went through the exact same things. And see, you made it through! You're strong, you didn't give up, you stuck it out, and look at you now!!
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    Wow, good for you! Congrats on making it through the toughest year of your life!:spin: You sound like an awesome nurse!
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