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Not smart to make bad comments cause everyone was a new nurse before..Do you all not remember??
Grow a sense of humor, you will last longer.
I told me new preceptee I don't want her to end up like me, so I am putting on my best front so she isn't jaded right out of the gate. The powers that be did not allow that to last long. First 3 nights and we saw 2 patients 10 times in those 3 days. Poor thing, I hope she lasts.
I'm a new nurse. Been on the job for about a month and a half now. I can't lie: I've never felt so stupid in my life lol. Fortunately, my preceptor's very patient with me, but all the mistakes I make get on my nerves, and it's very frustrating not to already be the best right out of the gate. I guess I just have to give myself six months to a year to finally settle in, and try my hardest between now and then not to make any majorly critical errors.
My preceptor could spot my shell-shocked look across the PACU before I even realized I was in trouble. I did feel like I was about to be dipped in boiling oil a LOT my first year, but it gets so much better. Now when I see the complicated ICU-bound post-op with four drips and four drains and God knows what else, I just sharpen my pencil and postpone my dreams of a lunch break!
Another transition is the day you realize you're not the newbie anymore; I gave report last week to a young floor nurse who had been out of school for FIVE weeks. Yeah. For the first time in my rather short career, I did not have the luxury of handing off my patient to someone who knew more than I did (which is the saving grace in the PACU). I don't know who was more scared!