Hi bbqchick. Yes, I have experienced the trials and tribulations of a nurse from the crawling stage. I have also worked with new grads. The dumbest thing I feel is to not ask that question that may be knawing at you or ask for assistance. I don't care how well one did in nursing school, what nursing program one graduated from or how short, hot, bothered, and hurried the staff is, it's never dumb to ask a question and ask it again even if as a last resort you have to page the supervisor, the house physician, the ER physician, the on call physician, or former nursing instructors. Your license, the welfare of the patient and facility may depend on it.
I also feel that it is vitally important to keep your knowledge and skills current. Being a new graduate does not mean your education ends. Even now, I always make sure that I have access to the resources I may need to look up something or ask something that would help me better serve my clients and myself. I still look up things familiar to me to make sure that there have not been revisions and updates. The complexity of health and medical care justifies that.
Through your career, you will do things that you find afterwards you could have used another, maybe better, approach for. This is why continual learning and staying current is so important. And as JillR indicates, you will find that as you progress in your work, your experience will kick in. Best wishes.
[This message has been edited by Mijourney (edited October 14, 2000).]