I see these posts where people complain of anxiety. Crying before work, crying during work, dreading going into the hospital.
I'm just thankful that I'm not the patient. I split my weeks into what I want to accomplish. One week, it was to ensure that I checked the orders every half an hour. The next week, it was that I's and O's were okay. Focusing on one item at a time allowed me some mastery over it. Granted, it was during my orientation, but I've built on that, and I don't look at work as something to be dreaded, but rather as an experience to get it all right. I'm at that point.
Nursing is overwhelming. Focus on what you can change at this time, and those tasks that have an immediate effect on your patient. Look at your weakness, and improve it. Work is a challenge, but it's one I'm prepared for. I finished nursing school, I passed the NCLEX. I'm not going to know everything, but I will get better as I go. Much like the dreaded care plans
, have a plan for yourself.
Know the areas you need to focus on. Make a list. Get good at the things you occasionally miss. The most important things. When you have that down, go to the next item.
No one expects you to know it all. It's okay that you don't. Don't cry after every shift, because really, what is that accomplishing? Nothing. Have a plan. Become the nurse you want to be in small steps. That's okay.
Nov 4, '15
While I know your intentions are good and your post is meant to be helpful, what you've proposed is a lot easier said than done and it comes off as a bit condescending.
You stating,"I'm just glad I'm not the patient" is not nice. You are implying that a nurse who gets anxious about a stressful work environment will take poor care of his/her patients and that is simply not true. I think in a lot of cases, it's the ultra calm laissez faire attitude nurses that are the ones to keep an eye on.
Not everyone is cut from the same cloth so what helps you keep your anxiety under control may do diddly squat for someone else.
As for crying, I don't think you have the right to tell others not to. For some, this may be a great way to release everything after a bad shift so that they can start over renewed.
In summary, thank you for sharing how you handle the stress of being a new nurse. It sounds like it is working very well for you. Hopefully it will help others out there as well. But, for people w/ severe anxiety issues, I fear it will take more than what you've outlined here for them to overcome it.
Last edit by annie.rn on Nov 4, '15
: Reason: Typo corrections and added a thought