Congratulations on your job! I started out as a new grad on a progressive care unit (telemetry/ICU stepdown) and I am still working on that unit (I have about 1.5 years of experience). It definitely has been an experience! When I started out, I realized how much I didn't
know and the learning curve was huge. You learn something new every day. Nursing school
gives you a foundation for nursing practice but you do not learn how to be a nurse
until you start working. In nursing school (in the book and on the NCLEX) you always have the perfect scenario - one patient, all of the time in the world. In the real world, it isn't like that. There are a lot of gray areas. You will make mistakes, but every one does. To say that no one has ever made a mistake would be lying.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. I would much rather ask what seems to be a stupid question instead of just guessing whether I'm right or wrong. There are no stupid questions! If there are things you don't really understand, write them down in a little notebook and review the information from your textbooks at home.
Talking to doctors at first can be very scary lol. I remember calling the doctor one time and I was terrified...it gets better with time! There are doctors out there who are jerks regardless of who they are talking to. Try to not let them bother you. When you're calling the doc, remember SBAR and have all of the pertinent information ready for them.
You will be nervous for awhile. It takes on average a new nurse 6 months to a year to begin to feel comfortable.
Also, invest in malpractice insurance
. I'm not trying to scare you, but it is a great thing to have. There have been a lot of threads discussing malpractice insurance on this forum. The two companies mentioned the most are NSO and Marsh (Proliability). Both offer first year discounts for new grads. If you work in a high risk specialty you will expect to pay more per year. I have Marsh and paid $100 for the whole year.