Do you remember your first day on the job?

  1. How was your first day at work? Were you excited, nervous, surprised, lost, or just happy? Share your stories below.

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  3. by   T-Bird78
    My first day was my coworker's second day, so it was kind of like when you're a kid by the pool and two people grab you by the wrists and ankles, swing you three times, and throw you in. Did I mention we were the only two nurses? Fortunately the PA was great and showed us the ropes!
  4. by   BellasMommyOBRN
    It's not my first day anymore....but I did just switch jobs two months ago. Scary as heck and unbelievably challenging! Thanks for sharing this!
  5. by   echoRNC711
    Kind of scarey but I have not one memory at all of my 1st day.!!! I will say , I had a fantastic preceptor during orientation that made everything go smoothly . I still,20yrs later feel a gratitude to her for that. I still think she is fantastic and represents the very best of nursing.

    Shout out to the nurses that give new nurse's the very best of beginnings!
  6. by   Murse520
    I start my first day on the floor as a new grad tomorrow, hopefully this doesn't happen to me!
  7. by   That Guy
    My first day was responding to a code in an MRI that went on for over 3 hours....
  8. by   whichone'spink
    A baptism, so to speak.
  9. by   RmCU_nA
    my first day of work<cna>was like a graduating nursing student..superviser was watching me do EVERYTHING..and saying get used to it..and then a week later..superviser says keep it up!!..its relieving.......
  10. by   JDZ344
    I'm a NA. My first day was insane. I went home and cried every day for a week. I'm thankful to say I stuck it out and enjoyed it after the first month or so.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
  11. by   tokmom
    Yep, I was shown the med room, break room and then given 4 pts to take care of. So much for orientation.
  12. by   boywork
    I certainly do its was terrible and mentally and physically exhausting, its like a roller coaster ride.
  13. by   zorro_wrangler
    Do I remember? could I possibly forget...?
  14. by   imintrouble
    First day as a brand new nurse, fresh out of school.
    How can I forget?
    It felt like one of those horror movies, where the length of the parking lot/sidewalk/hallway was endless. Like I was walking to my doom. I was terrified because I knew I didn't know anything.
    The extremes in emotion, tend to sear themselves into your brain, making them impossible to forget.