When does the anxiety go away??? - page 2

I have been a nurse for a year and some change. I started out in psych and recently switched to med-surg 5 months ago. I go home every shift and worry about every little detail of my shift. Is this normal and will it go away? ... Read More

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    Medicine is not an option right now due to pregnancy. I swear it has gotten worse the farther along I become in my pregnancy. I just want to do everything perfect and I would never want to harm someone.
    Oh sweetie. There's a word for that. You're nesting. It's just that you're doing it at work too, instead of just doing it at home.

    This too shall pass.

    Try to avail yourself of any resources available to you at work like a counselor, make yourself a list of nice things that are easy to do for yourself along with some positive ways to cope with stress like walking, listening to soothing music, doing a craft project, reading a book - whatever works for you and then - - - and this is the important part - - - - do them.

    If you'd picked the wrong career - you wouldn't care so much.

    Best of luck to you, and congratulations.

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    Keep it simple: Did you keep your patients alive? As long as they are safe and stable, you have done well at your job. Of course, in order to maintain stability, you have to give meds on time, F/U with the PCP as needed with concerns, etc. Basically, implement care in a timely manner. However, as a floor nurse, it is an environment of constant chaos although night shift can be really busy or okay.

    When you have multiple tasks, think about which is the most important: A STAT order? A medication that if not given could impact stability? Which patient is more unstable than the rest of the team and needs more frequent follow up? You have to pause and think. I use a sheet to organize my work and ESME12 has alot of sheets that can be used for the purpose of organizing your workflow.

    As far as your charting is concerned, make sure that if you did it, you chart it....Or you didn't do it (by a legal perspective anyway). Make sure that you are checking charts all day for new orders. Remember to sign those off (a huge safety and pt care issue is when charts are not being checked because it impacts the care that you give).

    Nursing is stressful. Your anxiety will never go away. That is why you have to have a life outside of work and be able to vent to your nursing buddies. Again, as long as you caused your patients no harm, and they are stable and alive, you have done your job.

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