Hi everyone! This is my first post on allnurses and I'm excited to get feedback from fellow nurses. I am a recent grad and I got a position in a level 3 NICU. During my senior year I completed 200 hours of a leadership and today I just finished my second week of my actually orientation with my mentor in the unit. Even though I have some experience through my leadership I am still so nervous being a nurse in the unit. I feel like I will not know what to do if something went wrong or I wouldn't be able to notice a change in my patient's condition soon enough. Am I just being too harsh on myself because I'm new? I'm nervous I will never get everything. I'm on overload with information and I just started last week
And to top it off I feel as if all the nurses in the unit just stare at me instead if initiating a conversation so besides my mentors I don't feel comfortable going to anyone else for help/information.
Give yourself time! There's an overwhelming amount of stuff to learn when you start in NICU. I transferred to NICU after 26 years of Peds & PICU experience & I felt the same way you're feeling for the first few months. It will probably take at least 6 months before you start feeling more comfortable because, in addition to learning all the skills you need for NICU, you're still learning time management & prioritization. I was fortunate because I already had those things figured out before I went to NICU.
As far as feeling like the other nurses are just staring at you, have you tried initiating conversations with any of them?
The one thing I can pretty much predict for you is that once you are comfortable in your role as a NICU nurse, you will find it to be one of the most rewarding jobs you've ever had!
Last edit by poppycat on Mar 9, '13