anyone feel like they knew little after graduation?

  1. hi!
    I graduated in May from an EXCELLENT nursing program with a BSN and yet now feel scared b/c i feel like i remember nothing! anyone else feel or felt this way? T.
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  3. by   bunky
    Hi T.

    Yes, I have felt this way too. God even when I've been off for a holiday I come back and feel lost for a few minutes. During summer vacation while in Nursing school we'd be off for 4 months and come back feeling like we knew nothing. It just takes time and it also takes a situation to arise and something just seems to trigger the knowledge. Trust me it will all come back to you.
  4. by   Newnurse
    T, I graduated in May also , and feel just as you do! I start my first nursing job in a hospital in two weeks and I am nervous that I will be 'rusty' in my nursing skills since not being at the bedside since early May. I was hoping to get a position right after graduation while I still felt "in the groove", but it didnt work out that way for me. I am reviewing clinical procedures in my nursing texts to help prepare. I'm telling myself that it will come back when I get to the bedside, I hope I'm right!
  5. by   MARTRN
    Originally posted by T:
    hi!
    I graduated in May from an EXCELLENT nursing program with a BSN and yet now feel scared b/c i feel like i remember nothing! anyone else feel or felt this way? T.
    I have been a RN for a little over a year now and I felt like a complete moron for the first month. As situations came about and i could actually see the signs and symptoms my patient's presented, it all started coming together. I did extremely well in school and all the hard work paid off. I still learn everyday, however it took at least 6 mos to feel comfortable. My situation was also hard because i was hired on as a charge nurse in a rural hospital setting. I had about 3 weeks of orientation and it was sink or swim for me. If you studied in school and if you give nursing the respect it deserves, then you will be fine. You know more than you think you do. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions!!!! And don't be surprised when you come across those who are jealous of your title, don't take it personally just keep your head up!!!! good luck.
  6. by   JillR
    When I first started working as a RN, I felt like a fraud. You will do fine. Just remember that you can't possibly rember everything you learned in school, It is more important to know how to find the info that you forgot. Once you look something up and begin reading it, the info will begin to come back to you. It took me about six months to begin to feel comfortable, and I learn new things every day. Don't be afraid to ask quesions. I respect the person who admits that they don't know everything much more than those who refuse to look something up and choose to stay ignorant. The biggest problem I have fund is the limited amount of time have each shiftto research things tha I feel I should know more about. I also have learned alot from the different nursing message boards.

    Jill

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