Quote from RNLisa
Please tell me I am not the only one who has or does feel this way. I know I will learn as I go, but being on my own as a new grad, I still feel scared.
Uhhhh, no. You're not the only one who feels that way! It's only been 5 months! You're still learning...
There have been many, many situations where I am in the room, looking cool as a cucumber, and I am saying to myself, "OK, what do I do now
You do what you can do. Then when it's all over, ask your fellow co-workers for feedback.
A few months ago, I had a pt transfer from the ER. He had a pressure of 73, which quickly went into the 60's. He was on one pressor, and I was asking for another. The dr was out in the unit, and I called her over, and asked her to give me some orders. She said, have you started a bolus yet?
I didn't know that I could just do that on my own! When the situation was done, I asked several of my co-workers how I did, and what should I have done better. They all had advice for me, which is nice.
So, you just have to encounter the new situations, and deal with them, and then learn from them. We can't really know what to do if we've never don't it before!
Be gentle with yourself! Nursing is hard, that's for sure. If it wasn't then anybody could do it...