I'm scared!

  1. I have been a LPN for 5 years, I am graduating next month from a RN program and I know I should be happy but I am so scared. I'm happy to be finishing school but I'm afraid of being a RN. I guess its because being a LPN the RNs have to come to your rescue. Now that I'm a RN its like being thrown out to the wolves. Any suggestions? Thanks.


    Tasha
    Last edit by lj118004a on Nov 10, '07
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   RainDreamer
    You won't be "thrown out to the wolves" if you get a good orientation and have a good support system where you work. Good luck to you!
  4. by   ebear
    Eeehhh..you'll be fine! There will always be other R.N.'s to corroborate with. You won't be "thrown to the wolves". Learn as much as you can during orientation and preceptorship. Congrats!!!
    ebear
  5. by   plumrn
    Gosh, I remember having the same fear! I always had someone to go to when I had a worry about a pt, and felt like I wasn't going to have to be the 'decision-maker'- the RN would be. After becoming an RN, I was right away given a charge position - Eeek! Everytime a pt had a problem and I handled it, I would give a sigh of relief and felt like I was dodging bullets! But, slowly I became more at ease and my critical thinking skills got better and better, because I was challenged and they had to.

    Relax. What you're feeling is normal and will fade away over time. And remember, you are not alone. There are always other nurses, including LVN/LPN's, that you can consult with and decide the best route to go for problems that come up.
  6. by   Sabby_NC
    Hi to you.

    Dont be scared go out there with your confidence in full gear.
    You will be on a sharp learning curve and that is a good thing.
    Where do you wish to work when you are done with the exams etc?

    Go out with the attitude that you will be a great nurse and do the best you can every day, even on the steekin' days ok?
  7. by   scooterRN52
    Quote from lj118004a
    I have been a LPN for 5 years, I am graduating next month from a RN program and I know I should be happy but I am so scared. I'm happy to be finishing school but I'm afraid of being a RN. I guess its because being a LPN the RNs have to come to your rescue. Now that I'm a RN its like being thrown out to the wolves. Any suggestions? Thanks.


    Tasha
    You will be fine, always pay attention to change in pt. status and always notify MD
    if pt turns for the worse. I was an LPN for 2 years before I was an RN. Don't forget to listen to LPN and Check on pt. Don't forget to document.:spin:
  8. by   Conrad283
    You're just nervous about starting something new. Just take it slow and you'll do fine.
  9. by   KJB_65
    I was an LPN for 4 years. Have been an RN for 8. I remember feeling what you are feeling. It was not as bad as I thought. Honestly I was in the same job, doing almost exactly the same thing just getting paid more. I promise you will do fine. You're already a nurse. Take what you already know and go with it. There are good nurses out there who are always willing to help. Good luck.
  10. by   nghtfltguy
    yes...

    i have a suggestion~

    well.... .its more of a comment
    you earned it.... you were already a nurse...
    and your whole lpn career they have taught you....
    pay attention to the rn... blah.. blah
    well.... BE the RN..
    im proud of you... and you will do fine
    trust me...


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