Ever since I started nursing school, I couldn't wait for graduation day, to be a nurse. But now that graduation is right around the corner, I'm feeling really anxious and scared. Our instructors keep saying "In just a few short months, you will have RN behind your name, and you'll be on your own" and every time I hear that I start to feel nauseous.
I'm so afraid that I won't be able to keep up with everything I need to do, I feel really unprepared. I know that there is an orientation program to go through, but I've also heard stories of new grads being cut short on their orientation because of short staffing. There are so many skills that I haven't been able to practice in clinicals, and what if I get out there as a nurse and can't do something because of lack of skill??
Anyone else feeling the anxiety of graduation? Please tell me I'm not alone!