I'd like to, first, thank the AN community for all the helpful information and for taking the time to read this entry.
I am currently working on a med/surg unit that is very busy with admissions and discharges. We see everything from GSW to MVA to amputations to gastrectomy. I am on my last week of a 6 week orientation and I feel very nervous about being on my own. I know I technically will never be alone because everyone on the unit is extremely helpful. I sometimes feel like I am beginning to feel comfortable and then I have days where I feel like I don't know anything. My main worries are forgetting to perform something and not having the "safety net" of a preceptor to catch it. Another concern is not having the necessary knowledge to provide the care needed for my patients. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated. Is this a normal feeling to have?