So I'm graduating with a BSN in December. I've always done super well in my classes and clinicals. Today I started my senior preceptorship on a Telemetry floor. It just happens that my preceptor was the charge nurse for the shift. That meant no assignments for us. Instead, we spent all day covering other nurses when they went on break. I felt extremely overwhelmed. I was expecting some kind of orientation to the floor, some guidance from my preceptor on how to get started. But all of a sudden I'm helping her take care of a new set of patients every 15-30 min. I was so overwhelmed, because I'm not used with their charting system (I had never done paper charting up to now), didn't know where to find supplies, and I didn't really feel good about passing meds to patients I knew very little about, even though my preceptor was checking all meds. Then at the end of the shift my preceptor says: next shift just come a bit early, check which assignments I will have and pick any 3 of my patients to be your primary patients. I don't feel ready at all!! And to think that in a few months I'm potentially going to be a RN.... I don't know if I'm ready for this. It just became real, all of a sudden: instead of doing the work I used to do during clinicals (with the perks of prepping a day before, having the clinical instructor on site to help with whatever), I'm just going to have to start really taking charge of everything. Has anyone felt unprepared/not ready/overwhelmed/anxious so close to graduation?