Like everyone else said it takes about a year to feel comfortable in your nursing practice. And your right, you may be out of school, but the learning is never over. After I graduated and passed my boards I took about three months off from "learning" and yr and a half later... I try to take at least one nursing/CEU course a month, through either the hospital or my nursing association. I believe that the best why to get over the "scared" feelings and to arm yourself/protect your patients, is to educate yourself. I knew I wanted to get into cardiac nursing, I took every course I could think of to get me there, basic arrythemia interruptation, advanced arrythemia interrupation, telemetry certification, ACLS, advance EKG interrupitation, etc... Plus, I went out and bought all the little nursing books and read those. Not only did I feel more comfortable in my practice, but I was teaching others how to read rhythms, but that doesn't mean I have stopped educating myself. Now taking course for my CCRN- lol. It never ends, which is good I believe. The health care field is an ever changing and challenging field to be in- arm yourself and your patients by being the best. Not talking about just technical nursing, but compassionate nursing as well.
You'll make it!!!!!!! Give yourself time and a year from now you'll be amazed by yourself
at how much you really do know, believe me- I was.