New grad, needing encouragement!

  1. Oh my gosh. I have worked my first ever shift as a nurse on my own. I had 5 days of training but 4 of them were night shift and I am working day shift now. I feel like I don't know anything about anything! It is so overwhelming. I know this is a normal feeling but how do I survive this stage in my career?
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    Joined: May '10; Posts: 3; Likes: 1
    LVN at Peach Tree Alzheimer's Center; from US
    Specialty: Dementia


  3. by   amo96
    I am in the same boat, one shift under my belt and my orientation was cut short by a week... I left work crying my first day because I was terrified I had forgotten something important or made an error. I'm very overwhelmed... Feeling anxiety all the time and trying to keep it together.
  4. by   RN 033
    I just started at a LTC last week also. They asked if I would cut short my training by two days and I said no. I'm taking the full 8 days I was told I would get. I mean, really? 58 residents!!! I'm the only night shift nurse for 58 patients with just two CNAs. It's not my fault they can't schedule with the employees that they already have.
  5. by   mzwest83
    Feeling the same way. I am still in training right not if that what you want to call it. I do all the med pass and charting while she sits behind a desk. I cry to work and when I go home because I am so over whelmed i am afraid I did something wrong or forgot something.
  6. by   PediatricRNTX
    Just left my first job after one yr...prayer is what helped me through and guided me to a new job...praying this one is better

    I got a full training, but I worked ALONE at nt with sick children as soon as I finished my last orientation day. Scary and risky.
  7. by   Julia77063
    It's completely normal to feel the way you do. I have been a RN for over 10 years and I still remember my first job and how I had to ask for a different preceptor to get the best experience. You are human; if you weren't anxious that would be kinda scary. My suggestion is if you have a question or question an order, ask it? Good luck in your career!
  8. by   al586
    I agree that it is perfectly normal to feel the way you do right now. I would be worried if you didn't have concerns! I still do!
    If you don't know something, ASK. Don't worry that you should should already know the answer, or that you will appear "stupid." It will make you a better nurse in the long run.
    Also, I have found time management and prioritizing essential. When coming on day shift, I try to find out during report which residents are diabetic (they may need accuchecks & insulin before breakfast & lunch), how each person takes their pills, which residents leave the floor for meals (so I can be sure to give them meds before they leave), who has labs & appointments that day, who has IVs running, emergent conditions and so on. After a quick check on any emergent patients, I go for the diabetics & residents who leave the floor first. That way, I don't have to chase them all over the facility to give them what they need. If there's time, I'll flip through the treatment book and mark who needs what treatments. I also systemically mark off each resident on my list as I give them their meds, noting the ones I will need to return to later. ( Each nurse has their own way of noting this - I use a highlighter to block off only the room number if I need to return, or block off both the room number & the resident's name if I don't need to give them any more meds.) I then assist feeding, do charting, some treatments, etc. Then, I do my second pass, remaining treatments & charting.
    Of course, the inevitable SNAFUs will through a monkey wrench in my system on a daily basis...falls, changes in condition, a barrage of orders, and so on, so I try to remain flexible.
    I hope this helps!

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