I am a new grad hired on L & D and absolutely loving it..... except for today. The staff is wonderful , the unit is great and my preceptor is awesome.
But today I felt a bit overwhelmed. Today was my 7th day on the unit, and we do 12 hour shifts. There were deliveries going on back to back and everyone was basically running. We had inductions, c- sections and several just walking in the door ready to deliver. My preceptor and I started out w/ an induction on pit, but I went in to help another nurse with a laboring pt and stayed with her until after she delivered about 1 1/2 later.
My preceptor then sent me into another room to help the nurse with her delivery. That went well also. I continued monitoring my original pt and charting under my preceptors supervision. She has told me that I am a quick study and am doing very well. All the nurses ask me where I have worked before and are surprised when I tell them I am a new nurse. I try to carry myself with confidence and will do what I am asked if I know how. Inside I am scared and worried but constantly remind myself that I am an RN and I can get through this.
My preceptor left early today and I was with another nurse who asked me to do many things that I have not gone through yet, just things that were discussed, such as testing for ROM and d/c from triage among others. she kept saying "oh , so you dont know how to do that". I also noticed some of the girls who were more talkative in the beginning with me seem very quiet now. Maybe Im paranoid or just trying too hard but can carrying myself with confidence be rubbing people the wrong way. I just want to fit in and learn everything I can.
Thanx for your help,
Sep 29, '06
There's a difference between confidence and cockiness. I would just take a step back and try to see how I am presenting myself. If you're not discounting your newness and are confident, not a problem. If you think you can handle a situation because you heard about it in class, but have not had a lot of experience that's another story. If it's the first, then I wouldn't worry too much.
Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Sep 29, '06