Hi! Congrats on your new endeavor! stepwintention has some good ideas and flutist could've been me. Going into nursing I was completely new to the healthcare field. I had previously worked food service to help tuition costs. I was a disaster. To cheer you up... During nursing school, I was terrified to go into the sanctity of a patient's room. I somehow broke an automatic BP cuff in my most dreaded clinic rotation... maternity. I spilled ice water on a new mom. Grades? Grades were fine, but I was so self-conscious I psyched myself out. I had kind teachers who believed in me.
Medication was a huge help. My senior clinicals went more smoothly. When I got a job, of course, I was back to square one. I didn't know anyone and by god they knew everyone! I felt like a speedbump impeding traffic, afarid to talk or not talk. Everything flew by without me really comprehending. Organization was a fantasy word. At first I rotated with various nurses but my primary preceptor really helped a lot. Some tough love, but always there to support me.
Anyway, here's some things. I hated practicing IV's because I wasn't always good and got the stink eye from patients a lot. It hurt my feelings when they would dismiss me for "someone who knows what they're doing". My preceptor made me stick anyway. I'm pretty good at IV insertions now, even though I faked coincidence at first. Calling doctors was a nightmare, but I learned that sometimes when you call a doc at night you get burned. It became the expected thing. The docs weren't giving me any rewards, and if I messed up, you better believe I knew it. Skills come with time, and ease with people you just acquire through comfort and your own personality. It is 80% easier to communicate with and treat patients when they feel safe. I also cut up with them when I can. It eases tensions.
I have a long way to go. But I can walk in a room now without worrying about possibly urinating on myself. I'm proficient in a lot of skills. And no one guesses that I was painfully, pitifully shy. I doubt I'll ever be 100% confident, but I don't want to be. I always want to ask the questions and do the best thing by the patient. I do feel good about where my career is at and who I am as a professional. Give it between 6 months and two years (depending on your personal advancement). Best of luck!
1. Three words. HIT THE GYM. Getting it out is huge. We see life and death on a regular basis. Coping is huge.
2. Study up what you don't know. Drill and you will be confident in your areas of weakness. ie. If you don't know cardiac meds or IV pushes, grab your hospital policy and memorize the top 10 meds you push.
3. Get a mentor who is not on your unit that you can vent to and won't judge you.
4. Nursing is a practice, it is ongoing. There is always more to learn. When I don't know what to do, I take the scenario and put it into a test question. It takes the emotion out of it so I can think clearly
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