I am a new graduate nurse and was just offered a position on a geriatric med-surg floor in a great hospital. I start in about a week.. and my stomach is turning! I am SO nervous, I hear horror stories about the first year of nursing, about nurses going home crying everyday, ect. This sounds terrifying! Im so thankful to be offered this position, because in this day and age it is very difficult to get a nursing job with no experience.. only a few of my classmates have received jobs so far (and we graduated in may)! I'm just hoping that i don't become too overwhelmed. The hospital I am going to be working at has a great 3 month orientation. Is there any advice that anyone wants to share with a new grad RN.. anything you wish someone would of told you before you started your first "big girl" job?
In my case, it's a "big guy
.... males are on the rise in nursing, as you shall see!
I'm about 2 months off orientation, I started in July. Make sure you have a good preceptor! Make sure your skill checks are reviewed, seek help in things you're lacking. Ask questions, and always look for new opportunities to learn new procedures and skills. Don't expect to pick up skills on the first try, it takes practice. At some point, after a few times the skill "clicks" and you will start to be comfortable doing it on your own.
You're going to be nervous for a while, get used to it. I hear it takes almost a year before you're even remotely confident at what you do. I know I am not there yet almost 5 months into my job, but I am a hell of a lot better off than I was in August!
It's late, that's all I can think of for now.
Just breathe and take it all in as a learning experience, they should not be letting you off orientation until they think you are minimally ready. Good luck!
ETA: You might also want to check out the sticky on this forum specifically relating to your question, see the thread here:
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