Ode to the New Nurse - page 2

by SarahLeeRN

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An ode to the new nurse I work with....also known as what I want you to know. I see in new nurses what I felt in myself when I started nursing. Reality shock is real. It is scary. And it stinks. You have sleepless nights and... Read More


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    Wow...that sent chills down my spine. Do you work with me? I feel like you saw exactly what happened to me.
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    Thank you SOO much. I have been reading "allnurses.com" for a few weeks now for encouragement. I began my first nursing job last month. I am now in my last week of orientation and am SO Scared, not knowing whether or not I'm going to pass and have a job. I feel as though only the areas where I lack are discussed during my weekly meetings.

    I was interviewed for a night position which I was willing to accept to allow myself downtime to focus and work on documentation. However, I was hired for full time days. Should I ask about the night shift?
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    I am printing this out and posting it on my mirror! I wish I worked with a nurse like you
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    Thank you so, so much.
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    Quote from NurseJackieRN915
    wow.. this actually made me tear. I am a new nurse. I have been working on a busy subacute unit in a nursing home for 6 months now. I am constantly tired from sleepless nights of wondering if I did everything right, If I answered every question to my patients correctly, and did I refer that lab....? It is so comforting to know someone else understands how I feel. I strive to one day be "the strong nurse." The nurse who can handle any crisis situation.. but until that time comes, I will read posts like this one, that have so deeply touched my heart, and made me feel better. I thank you.
    Great! You are so welcome. You will get there.
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    Quote from thenewOLDnurse
    Thank you SOO much. I have been reading "allnurses.com" for a few weeks now for encouragement. I began my first nursing job last month. I am now in my last week of orientation and am SO Scared, not knowing whether or not I'm going to pass and have a job. I feel as though only the areas where I lack are discussed during my weekly meetings.

    I was interviewed for a night position which I was willing to accept to allow myself downtime to focus and work on documentation. However, I was hired for full time days. Should I ask about the night shift?
    I am so glad that this was an encouragement to you! Have you passed the NCLEX yet? I think it depends on what you think that you can handle as far as the shift. Which shifts have you been oriented to? Sometimes the day is better because there are so many resources-but it is faster paced. Do you work well at night? There are many things to be considered. If you do have the option of days, I would think maybe you should try that just to see. You could always go to nights-but sometimes it takes longer to get from nights to days. I guess it depends on several factors like the ones that I listed.
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    Quote from RegMurse12
    Wow...that sent chills down my spine. Do you work with me? I feel like you saw exactly what happened to me.
    You never can tell..muuuhaha... But actually I see a lot of the same emotions in many new grads. Some manifest differently of course depending on personality...but reality shock is reality shock. Not a fun time really for the first 6-12 months-depending on the person.
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    The best post I have seen on this board in a long time. At which time point would you say it gets better? 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 months into the job?
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    That is so sweet! You're awesome and nurses rock!!!
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    The best post I have seen on this board in a long time. At which time point would you say it gets better? 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 months into the job?
    Again, I think it depends on the person. It takes some people 6, it takes others 12. Depends on the situation as well. I would think it should be workable for most people after 24 months..if not, time to try another area of nursing!


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