New nurse and very depressed - page 2

I graduated in May and got my license in July. It took me until October to find a job due to lack of experience and that I have my ADN. I'm prone to depression/anxiety but its been years since I've... Read More

  1. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN profile page
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    I just went through a small crisis in my life, and understand this is not advice, it's what I experienced. I can identify with the loneliness, stress-anorexia, and insomnia. I learned real quick that not eating and not sleeping on an SSRI is a precursor to more problems. The weakness and lethargy that is born out of not eating and lack of real mental and physical rest was a desperate feeling.

    What I am advising is be thorough with your Physician. I sense you really crying out, and they can help, both with a prescribed treatment, and a better perspective. I would advise more than anything else, (because I would give my right arm if someone had warned me!) don't emotionally close off from your spouse. He can be a great support, great listener, and it's not good to isolate. If you just came out of school- I know you spent years already feeling distant- nature of the beast. I let my work make me distant, and shut off, and when I realized how isolated my spouse felt- it was too late, I reached out to her 150%-100% too late. I built too many walls around myself, and demolition came too late.

    I am a new person now, despite the heaviest workload in my life. I know real peace, and balance, and the importance of my friends and family. I learned to accept the things I couldn't change- and changed what I could. I know you'll find that balance too soon, just hold tight and draw support from your friends and family- and find a nurse that seems to have it together, and get them to advise and mentor you (learn the "ropes"), not the "book."

    Seek help when you need it, and never pretend to be okay when your not. No one asks for anxiety or depression, however if can be managed, you are worth it. You put in a ton of work/study to get where you are, but the secret is out that it continues into a few months of practice, and one day you can look back on this an have a good laugh with your good friends at Allnurses about how far you've come!! hug!!

    Welcome to the Largest Community of Nurses just like you, struggling together, celebrating together, where there's always an ear, and where you are never alone to face it without your buds here
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 26, '12
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  2. Visit  K23RN profile page
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    Yes, it does get easier. It wasn't too long ago that I wasn't so sure of that myself (I've been working as an RN for 7 months), but everyone I talked to insisted that it was true. However, I believe a major factor is the ability to gain confidence as you settle into your practice, and environment can really affect that. I also struggle with anxiety and depression, any many shifts I would come home and just cry, convinced I had made a terrible decision and had no business being a nurse. I work inpatient on a very busy medicine unit, rotating between PM and noc. Fortunately, the culture on my floor is generally positive, and I was and am always able to get help and answers from my co-workers. That, combined with support from family and friends, has helped me get through the worst of it. I still have bad nights at work, but so do even the experienced nurses on the floor. I can see such a huge difference in my confidence level than when I first was off orientation four months ago, that I can only imagine how that's going to continue to improve every month, year, etc. It will happen for you, too. You're definitely doing the right thing by seeing your doctor. Keep looking for a new job as well. I know of fellow classmates who took the first job they were offered because of the tight market, were able to find something better after only a couple of months on the job, and went for it. I understand how awful it can feel but I hope things improve for you. Best of luck.
  3. Visit  Socrates12358 profile page
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    Wow we do sound a lot alike, minus the pregnancy of course. I'm glad to hear its getting better for you. I start on my own tonight and I'm pretty nervous. Luckily there are a few other nurses in the building, I would probably hyperventilate if I was completely alone. I was fortunate and got a decent amount of orientation. I love talking to new nurses and sharing experiences, concerns, etc.
  4. Visit  Socrates12358 profile page
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    Glad to hear that your confidence is improving, that's definitely a problem of mine. I'm trying to stick it out. I actually like the place I'm working at and the people. I find night shift to be much less hectic, I just need to be able to sleep during the day.
  5. Visit  Socrates12358 profile page
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    Wow we do sound a lot alike, minus the pregnancy of course. I'm glad to hear its getting better for you. I start on my own tonight and I'm pretty nervous. Luckily there are a few other nurses in the building, I would probably hyperventilate if I was completely alone. I was fortunate and got a decent amount of orientation. I love talking to new nurses and sharing experiences, concerns, etc.
  6. Visit  TaniqueRN profile page
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    How do you feel being on your own now?
  7. Visit  Socrates12358 profile page
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    It's a little better now... I haven't cried in over a week and am able to eat again. The only thing that still bothers me is the lack of support at night if I have a question or run into a problem. I'm fine passing meds and doing treatments... I'm worried about IVs and so forth since I don't have a lot of experience doing them. My doc gave me ambien to help me sleep during the day but I'm too afraid to try it if I have to go back to work that night since it makes me tired for hours after waking up. I'm still only averaging about 4 hrs of sleep during the day. If it wasn't for the support of my family and friends I would have lost my mind already.
  8. Visit  sandyfeet profile page
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    I am a new grad that is just hitting the 6 month mark. I realized recently that I was driving in to work without the usual ball of nerves in my stomach. I am eating a decent lunch, and even snacks during my work day now. I no longer have diarrhea every day that it work. It definitely gets better!

    I had (and still have) a lot of questions, and since I work in an ER there's not always someone available to answer questions. I have a little address-type book I carry with me that has things alphabetized..."C" has an entry for Conscious Sedation, "P" has an entry for Port-a-Caths, etc. Writing things down has helped me remember them too.

    As new nurses, we are really hard on ourselves. For me it was difficult to transition from "top of the class" student, graduating, passing NCLEX, and feeling like I was on top of the world, to New Nurse, starting from scratch, trying to integrate everything I learned without missing something or killing someone. Hopefully with more experience, you will start to feel confidence and feel kinder towards yourself as you go through this major learning curve. Best of luck.


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