I am a new grad that just accepted a job offer on the cardiac pain unit, or cardiac medical telemetry floor. It is FAR from my top choice of units to work on (Med/surg, Mom/baby, or nursing home were my first choices) but since it has been so difficult to find a job as a new grad, I decided there was no choice but to suck it up and take the job. The nurse manager told me right off the bat that this was a very paced unit. This worries me, because fast paced doesn't really suite me well. Now obviously I know that every floor in the hospital and even nurses that work in nursing homes are extremely busy and require moving, thinking, and acting quickly. I just hope I made the right decision in taking this job. I am not interested in ICU or ER. I prefer slower moving units and ones where you get to interact and talk with your patients. Being extremely honest, I just don't function well under pressure or in emergency situations. I have tendency to freeze up out of nervousness. (Maybe this will change over time with practice???)
All I know is that ever since I accepted the job offer I have had difficulty falling asleep and have been waking up everyday teary eyed with my stomach in knots because I am so unbelievably nervous and scared!!!
Scared to start my career as a new nurse in general, but particularly nervous about working on cardiac medical telemetry unit where I never ever imagined myself to be! I worry whether I made the right choice in accepting this job offer knowing that it doesn't really fit my personality. But then I think, what choice did I really have? I can't really afford to sit around for several more months hunting for a job.
Anyway, my orientation begins in two weeks, if anyone wants to offer up some words of encouragement or has any advice for me as to what things I could start to review prior to orientation to make my transition from nursing student to professional nurse go more smoothly, it would be much appreciated.
Thankyou, thankyou thankyou!
Nervous new nurse