Help! I'm getting ready to transition from student to R.N.!!

  1. I am getting ready to start my 4 weeks of preceptorship in nursing school, I have been a waitress for a long time so I am used to fast pace work and high stress. But everyone keeps making me think twice as to whether I picked the right profession with all the comments I here about what my I should be ready for in the REAL world of nursing! please offer advice on ways to help in my transitioning period! Thanks!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   JennieBSN
    Just relax, first of all. A preceptorship is GREAT. You get a taste of what it's like to be a 'real' RN, but you still have someone to fall back on and guide you. I did it between my jr. and sr. year on a cardiac step-down unit, and it was the best 3 months of my life as a student!! I LOVED it. My last 'class' before graduation was a 6 week practicum clinical rotation in NICU (you got to pick where to go), and again, it was WONDERFUL. Just relax. No one is going to 'eat' you while you're still a student, hopefully. Your preceptor will guide you and help you with the transition...it's what they're trained to do.

    You'll really enjoy it...trust me.
  4. by   CEN35
    Some preceptors are tough, and some are the "whatever" types and don't really care. Most pick up preceptorships, because they want to help someone and spread their knowledge. The key is, school only touches the beginning of the learning curve in reality.

    You'll be fine!!!!!!!

    Rick
  5. by   sharann
    Oh please, these RN's who try to scare off new people drive me nuts.Heard it all myself girl! "Wait till you are on YOUR OWN" and "That's how it is in the REAL world so get used to it" and on ad nauseum. Some people have no manners or tact.You HAVE been in the real world,just a different version.You may have only had to takd 2-4 patients,but how many Staff nurses have instructors with pen in hand ready to flunk them if 0900 meds are 1 second late?
    Just latch on to the good nurses,and ignore the burnt out mean ones who should think before they speak.GOOD LUCK!
  6. by   shockshockshock
    I think you'll do fine. Believe it or not a waitress possesses similar skills that a good nurse learns in time. For example:
    As a waitress you need to set priorities.
    As a waitress you multitask.
    As a waitress you are careful about doing the orders correctly.
    As a waitress you have to deal with positive and negative people.

    You probably have more "real life" experience than you think! Here's a tip (no pun intended): Relax and learn as much as you can. Be vocal about the questions you have and the bottom line of anything you encounter is what is best for the patient and what you do is safe. Have fun and don't let the negative things or people dictate your experiences. You will make a positive difference in many lives from now on! Take care!
  7. by   mustangsheba
    ShockX3 is right. I suspect you will find you get even less abuse in nursing than you have been experiencing as a waitress. Enjoy yourself. Ask questions. Listen to the answers. Each nurse does tasks a little differently. That doesn't mean one is right and the other is wrong. Be a little sponge. You will be fine.

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