new and anxious

  1. I'm a new nurse (mid-life career change)- working about 2 1/2 months on a m/s oncology unit. am feeling highly anxious about acting independently in a few weeks. I like working with the patients, but am otherwise not having any fun. I had a particularly stressful night recently and got emotional and wasn't productive. As a result, I'm being observed closely to see if I can set my own priorities and keep my equilibrium under pressure. Are there less stressful circumstances in which to work where I can 'learn the ropes?' - subacute? long-term care?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Blackcat99
    Welcome Hazrat
    Nursing seems to be so stressful wherever you go. I would stay away from LTC as it is just one disaster after another. I work in LTC now and it is more stressful than my old hospital job.Anyway, you will get the hang of it. It just takes time to get used to it. Best of luck to you.
  4. by   nursebedlam
    Hullo out there,, Welcome to allnurses, I do hope you enjoy your time here, look forward to reading your posts.....
  5. by   Tweety
    Welcome. We all have those nights where we fall a little short. Maybe rather than look elsewhere you should hang out there for a while to continue to learn your ropes. The grass isn't always greener on the other side, and there will be stress everywhere. Good luck to you.
  6. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Okay, I don't know how "fun" would be relevant, but if you mean that you are dreading each day, then you need to think about changing areas. But also keep in mind, you are only in this position for a short time, and it will take some time to get accustomed to this position. Usually it takes at least 3 months, but in nursing it may take a full year if this is your first nursing position. Be patient. If you are having difficulty with something talk to someone that can help. How do you feel about the other nurses that you work with? Do you have a good working relationship with them? Not that you should take over their workload, but if you have a couple of minutes and see that a fellow nurse is pulled in many different directions, maybe you can assist her. Then maybe you'll find that it'll come back to you when you need help.

    I don't know, I mean, I'm not a nurse yet. I just think that when you work as a team with the other nurses and not just as a solo member, it changes the atmosphere, because it is with your fellow nurses that you will have fun and enjoy your time there.

    Also, give yourself a break. You are working in a tough department working in Oncology. That has got to be tough. If you get weepy and someone asks why, just say that you were thinking about a particular patient. I'm sure tears are something that are not rare in your department.
  7. by   Rep
    Hello and welcome!
  8. by   hazrat
    Quote from mccnrs2b
    Be patient. If you are having difficulty with something talk to someone that can help. How do you feel about the other nurses that you work with? Do you have a good working relationship with them? Not that you should take over their workload, but if you have a couple of minutes and see that a fellow nurse is pulled in many different directions, maybe you can assist her. Then maybe you'll find that it'll come back to you when you need help.

    I don't know, I mean, I'm not a nurse yet. I just think that when you work as a team with the other nurses and not just as a solo member, it changes the atmosphere, because it is with your fellow nurses that you will have fun and enjoy your time there.

    Also, give yourself a break. You are working in a tough department working in Oncology. That has got to be tough. If you get weepy and someone asks why, just say that you were thinking about a particular patient. I'm sure tears are something that are not rare in your department.
    Thanks for your reply (on 12-19). I am just reading the responses I got. The consensus is to hang in there and cultivate generosity in relating to my co-workers. This is good advice and I appreciate it. Hazrat
  9. by   hazrat
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Welcome. We all have those nights where we fall a little short. Maybe rather than look elsewhere you should hang out there for a while to continue to learn your ropes. The grass isn't always greener on the other side, and there will be stress everywhere. Good luck to you.
    thanks for suggestion to stick around to learn the ropes.
  10. by   hazrat
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Welcome Hazrat
    Nursing seems to be so stressful wherever you go. I would stay away from LTC as it is just one disaster after another. I work in LTC now and it is more stressful than my old hospital job.Anyway, you will get the hang of it. It just takes time to get used to it. Best of luck to you.
    thanks for your response on 12-19. And for your warning about LTC. so far I'm staying where I am and learning as fast as I can.
  11. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Welcome to All Nurses

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