Hi I am a new grad, I passed my boards in July and work in a small community hospital. I don't even really know what to say besides, I feel like nursing school
was just the beginning of a long road of learning, which is a good thing, but right now I fell like I know NOTHING..... There are a couple of thing I should have probably picked up on that I didn't, And I think I am questioning the safety of my patients, I just want to be the best nurse I can be (Geez that sounds like a slogan) but seriously I don't know if I am doing that. Help.....Thanks for listening, I'll appreciate any advice
Oct 3, '01
Okay, what you all are going through is perfectly normal. When I graduated 24yrs ago I felt the same way. I remember thinking they are crazy if they let me take care of patients, I don't know anything. Sure I passed all the exams and my boards. Yes I passed my clinicals. But I felt I couldn't put it all together. We learned each body system seperately and the diseases that went with them, but what happens when someone has more than one thing wrong with them? (and they always do!). Then what do you do. When I did my first med pass I was a nervous wreck. Gave my first injection? Thought I was going to need one!! I felt then that I would never get used to doing all the tasks and would be nervous and freaking out inside everytime I had to do something. Well believe me it does get better. It does take about a year to feel really comfortable. You will develop your own style of doing things and prioritizing. It comes with experience and repitition. If others are telling you that you are doing okay, then you probably are. The important thing is to always ask questions and never stop learning. Even after being in nursing for as long as I have I still ask and am still learning. It doesn't mean you're stupid it means you're putting your patients first. Also, watch how other nurses handle things and listen when they are talking with the doc or each other. You can learn a lot from that. You all sound like the kind of "newbies" I would like to work with. Hang in there and have patience, and don't be too hard on yourselves. With your attitudes and awareness you'll do fine. Good luck!!
Last edit by Doey on Oct 3, '01