How do you get pass the first day fears - page 2

Wow, I got my first nursing position this week at one of the local hospitals. It is a med/surg floor on 11p-7a. I really didn't want nights and would have rather had 3p-11p, but I took this because I... Read More

  1. by   Scarlette
    Hey Wendy! How is everything going for you? My first week was pretty good. I read a few hundred policies and procedures, had 10 different written tests and sat with the ward secretary for 8 hours. Everyone seems incredibly nice. They kept dragging me off to introduce me to other nurses and doctors. I thought that was really nice! Everyone smiles and says good morning...ect. Thought I was on another planet.....it was WAY different than the hospital I did my clinicals at. Anyway, I finally get to do patient care on Monday! My preceptors actually seemed to be excited to have me as they ran right over and said "I get to work with you for a week!" all smiley and everything, so that eased my mind. One of my biggest fears was not being welcomed into their group, but I see that I'm VERY welcomed. I also noticed that everyone helps each other which was cool. Every time I visited the floor I heard a nurse ask another if she needed help with anything, if she was caught up, ect. The weird thing is, I keep hearing how much more cohesive the night shift is than the day shift....so if it gets any better than what I've been seeing I'll have to pinch myself to wake up from this dream!!! Sorry if it sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm so excited!
  2. by   Scarlette
    Hey Wendy! How is everything going for you? My first week was pretty good. I read a few hundred policies and procedures, had 10 different written tests and sat with the ward secretary for 8 hours. Everyone seems incredibly nice. They kept dragging me off to introduce me to other nurses and doctors. I thought that was really nice! Everyone smiles and says good morning...ect. Thought I was on another planet.....it was WAY different than the hospital I did my clinicals at. Anyway, I finally get to do patient care on Monday! My preceptors actually seemed to be excited to have me as they ran right over and said "I get to work with you for a week!" all smiley and everything, so that eased my mind. One of my biggest fears was not being welcomed into their group, but I see that I'm VERY welcomed. I also noticed that everyone helps each other which was cool. Every time I visited the floor I heard a nurse ask another if she needed help with anything, if she was caught up, ect. The weird thing is, I keep hearing how much more cohesive the night shift is than the day shift....so if it gets any better than what I've been seeing I'll have to pinch myself to wake up from this dream!!! Sorry if it sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm so excited!
  3. by   frustratedRN
    sounds like a great place to work

    lucky you
  4. by   Totone656
    Scarlette I too have been reading Infection Control manuals, taking test, finding exits, and meeting so many new people.
    I finally got my schedule which this week I better enjoy because Tuesday I have a half day and Wednesday I start my 11-7 shift. The nurse they had me teamed with today was an ex clinical instructor from the nursing school I went to. I could not believe it, all the old feelings came rushing back, but I think she realized it. She had me double check behind her on a BP and by gosh my reading was the same as her.
    On this floor they give a lot of Chemo drugs. Last week during orientation I was given a self study guide. Took the test and missed 3 <sigh>. I asked the Assistant Manager if there was another class that went with the booklet.....there isn't. So, I guess I will be giving Chemo, but I sure don't feel good about it.
    So much going on I am not sure I am getting it all. I just keep thinking I am going to forget something.

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