Well, I'm not really scared out of mind. However, I just can't sleep. I recently just got a job at a local hospital on their Long-Term Care Floor as a Graduate Practical Nurse. I was on this floor for 4 weeks in the summer of '05 for clinical Tuesday-Friday. I am kind of relieved because I know some of the residents and I know the area. The thing is... is that I'm only 18 years old and I just graduated from high school. The LPN program I took was 2 high school years.. my junior and senior. My teacher.. never taught more than 10 days for them two years and every clinical skill we did was basically aide work ... besides a treatment now and then and med passing. I now go to a local community college.. to get my RN. I don't have a heavy class load because I still have a lot of prerequisites and I don't take NURSING classes yet. However... I start on Wednesday and I work 2-10 and Thursday the same thing.. 2-10, after going to school all day.
I just feel that I am going to have NO IDEA what to do. Especially since my former job had no responsibilities besides making sure the hamburgers that were going out the drive thru window were without pickles like the customer wanted. I know that I will be with another nurse.. being oriented, but I am still just so nervous I can't sleep.
Should I really be so nervous? And also, if I fail my boards do I lose my GPN?
Sep 26, '06
by Tweety, BSN
TraumaRUS, my ex graduated from high school as a practical GN.
To the original poster, EVERYONE regardless of age feels the same way. I was in my 30's when I graduated and remember the sleepless nights and the fears very well. before I started my first job. I remember the feelings of "I don't know anything"! That is quite normal. Sometimes our clinical experience is a bit limited and it feels like we didn't get to do enough. You'll learn all you need on the job.
TraumaRUS gives very good advice. Hang in there and good luck!
Last edit by Tweety on Sep 26, '06