Ode to the New Nurse - page 3

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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    So sweet and kind. Refreshing to read! Thank you for your post.
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    I stumbled upon this last night at 1:30 am while seriously considering resigning from my RN position on a surg floor. I am 13 months off precepting and was doing better, thought I was over the new nurse depression. Then had a craptastic week and fell so back into it. Your post was just what I needed at exactly the right time.

    Re-grouping, thank God with four days off from the hospital and heading back in with some renewed purpose and trying out a few new organizational tips I found on the med/surg forum.

    Thanks, you just might have saved a nurse....
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    May I come and work with you when I graduate? : )
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    This is definitely nice to hear! Thanks!
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    I wish I had seen this years ago when I was new and starting to break down under the stress, and the panic attacks were beginning. Until I found this forum, I thought I was the only one who couldn't seem to get a grip in that first year. Of course I did eventually, but I was already on the path to getting the heck out of hospital bedside nursing.

    Aside from personal feelings, what this post most emphasizes to me yet again is that there is something so wrong with our system, as we continue to drive GOOD, caring nurses (and I now know that I was good and I was caring) away from the bedside.

    Something must change but I don't know what or how.
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    This is beautifully written, and I thank you for sharing it with us. I'm off orientation in my first job as of this Monday, and there have been days I survived only because my wonderful coworkers said something encouraging to me. And you know what? It is getting a little better each week; I sleep a bit better, worry a little less, work a bit more competently, make slightly better judgment calls, etc. I admire the experienced nurses in my unit so much and hope to someday be as good a nurse as they are. Thank you again.
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    And I just want YOU to know, SarahLeeRN - that you ROCK.

    How do I request to make this a sticky???
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    Quote from ShaynaSmart
    May I come and work with you when I graduate? : )
    Sure!! haha
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    Quote from metal_m0nk
    And I just want YOU to know, SarahLeeRN - that you ROCK.

    How do I request to make this a sticky???
    Why thank you! And I don't know about the sticky...:P
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    Quote from SarahLeeRN
    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 blurry days. You feel sick and are thankful at the end of the day if you didn't kill anyone. But you will get through it. Just hang on and give it time. I have faith in you. You are going to make it!

    I want you to know

    I saw you crying

    I felt your frustration

    I understand your turmoil.

    I want you to know that you will get through this

    (Although sometimes you have to fight your way through)

    I want you to know that you will be all right.

    (Even if it feels like your career is over)

    I want you to know that this soon will pass.

    (Even though it seems like it will never end)

    I want to to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    (Even if it seems blocked)

    I want you to know that we all make mistakes

    (Have you heard of the ones that I have done?!)

    I want you to know that we all have bad days

    (Trust me)

    I want you to know that it's not as bad as you think

    (Even though you think it's worse than bad)

    I want you to know they are not out to get you.

    (But they can eat their young, so be careful)

    I want you to know that your time management WILL get better

    (But probably not until you realize how bad it is)

    I want you to remember that you are still learning.

    (I don't know anyone who isn't)

    I want you to know that those who speak the loudest aren't always the smartest

    (Even if they think they are)

    I want you to know that years of experience doesn't mean knowledge of everything but

    (That knowledge comes with experience which comes with time)

    I want you to know that you ARE a good nurse

    (Even if you think they say you are not)

    I want you to know that there are so many options

    (Just keep that in mind)

    I want you to know that we have all been where you are

    I want you to know that I care.

    It's ok to cry

    To vent

    Just please come back tomorrow and do it again

    Because I like working with you

    Believe it or not

    I see some of myself in you

    And someday

    Somehow

    You will see

    It will get better

    (I just wanted you to know.)
    First of all, how are you? I hope all is well.

    Dahlia, I know you are busy but I just want to hear your say about Mercy college. I just applied at Mercy College and i want to ask you, if you don't mind, your thoughts and experiences with their program? How do you like it? Do you do online classes or all in school? How are the classes? Are they very hard? Are you done with the program? Greatly appreciate whatever you can impart with me. Thanks so much in advance!
    Take care,


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