Well, that's a relief for sure!! Haha. I actually struggled programming a pump a few weeks ago and I got so flustered and felt so dumb! After doing it a few times though, I did start to catch on and that felt immensely better! Seeing you say I don't have to know it ALL right NOW is a relief too. I don't know how you guys store all of that information in your head, but I hope I can get there one day too!
I definitely feign confidence, though I don't know how good I am at it! I'll keep this tactic in mind when I'm interacting with my patients. I have also caught myself worrying about telling my patient something wrong, but telling them I will find out for them works best and like you said, it helps me learn it too! I really hate being put on the spot, it gives me the nervous sweats! BUT, if it's what I have to do in order to be that confident nurse, then I'll be ready for it.
Getting familiar with things is the perfect explanation for what I've done in clinical. Oh wow, I'm glad to know that I'll be precepted at my first job too! Wow, that's great. I was thinking it was just 5th level and them BAM, bye, you're thrown out there to be a nurse. Phew! That's relieving! I hope I have that awesome unit culture as well. I hear it's hard to get integrated into a unit when you're new. I just hope that I can make it through. I am stressed about the new job craziness. I hear that "nurses eat their young." I'm hoping to avoid that experience. I will definitely try to do that. I'll give myself time to figure things out so that I can better understand what's going on. Stay calm. Good motto to live by when being a nurse, I'm sure.
Oh wow! Hearing that has made me feel even better! I guess we won't always get the opportunity to do EVERYTHING, but I like what you said. When you do get that chance, ask for help and take it! I will for sure be doing that!
I hope my preceptor doesn't do that. I guess I'll find out more on Thursday and Friday. I WILL do that though, I had to do the same in clinical with my instructors. If I didn't know, I would just tell them that I didn't know, but that I would find out and let THEM know. It always worked and impressed my instructors. Good strategy! Hopefully I don't have any problems, but if I do, I will definitely let my clinical instructors know!
I'm glad to know that my personality will help. I've also been known to be a pushover though and my instructor tried to beat it into my head that some CNA's will eat me alive. Hopefully I can grow out of this. I just figure that if I'm there to help and be open to everyone, that everyone will like me. I guess I'll see how that works out for me....
I love learning, so I think this will work out for me. I hope to be an L&D nurse, so hopefully I can find a job in that after I graduate. I will look into taking continuing education courses before I find a job too because I hear it helps you get hired.
I fear being alone as a new nurse, haha. That's an awesome story though. Perfect example of patient advocate, right? I love that. So I guess I'll never know EVERYTHING at any given time. There's always something new to learn. Awesome.
Thanks for the offer for me to PM you. I may just take you up on that, especially after meeting my preceptor and seeing how it goes. I hope my preceptor is just like you! Thanks again for everything, SoldierNurse22!!!