What is the one piece of advice you wish you could tell yourself as a nursing student

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    The topic says it all. What's the one thing you wish you could tell your younger self, either as a student, or as a newb nurse?
    chicagonurse2b and Tillytiffin like this.

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    Have confidence in yourself! I lacked self-confidence as a student and a new nurse and that lack of confidence held me back personally and professionally.

    It took me many years go grow some backbone and learn to stand up for myself. Now I choose my battles and sometimes I let things go, but I'm no longer a pushover. I would have been much happier in my career and in life had I figured this out earlier.
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    It's okay to stop and breathe or pee.

    There is nothing wrong with a little bit of prozac to help you get through the day.
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.
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    As a student, I wish I had paid more attention to the unit routines. I think I would have been more confident if I knew what I was supposed to be doing at any given time. Also, I was kind of scared of "difficult" patients as a student (vents, especially). I wish I could tell myself to get over it, because it's not that big of a deal for me now.
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    You're not going to be perfect--deal with it! You will miss IVs, have struggles with time management, etc. (P.S. be perfect when it comes to med. administration though!)
    DizzyLizzyNurse and dancerpro like this.
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    Take your time. Get used to wherever you are placed. Older nurses are your lifeline. Above all go in eyes open and willing to pitch in and learn.
    mustlovepoodles and psu_213 like this.
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    Take any and every opportunity that presents itself (and seek new ones) to perform skills that you have "learned." If you practice as a student, you have one less worry when you start your first nursing job. Bite the bullet and DO IT!
    anotherone and chicagonurse2b like this.
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    Have faith in yourself. You are stronger and smarter than you think. Keep your head up during rough times and never give up!
    leslie :-D, pat8585, chicagonurse2b, and 1 other like this.
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    Nursing is more physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging than you can possibly imagine.
    Be prepared for exhaustion.
    GM2RN, pat8585, and surferbettycrocker like this.
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    Have a little fun!
    leslie :-D, pat8585, chicagonurse2b, and 2 others like this.

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