I recently graduated from an LPN program in Feb. '11, and was lucky enough to find a full time job last month in a LTC facility. The problem is I'm having a hard time adjusting to the job. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and anxious. Time management is an issue(told I'm too slow), my med passes take too long, and I have a hard time remembering everything I need to do. Yes I have a cheat sheet, but it seems to be a pita pulling it out. I've been in the DON's office for a stern lecture once already. (I even forgot to lax a couple residents before I left my shift one night recently.) This has me so upset. I feel that I made a wrong decision in choosing nursing as a career. I feel like an utter and complete failure. Do I stick it out and go with the flow with hopes of becoming more proficient in my time (and be consistently worried I won't be hired when my probationary period is up or fired sooner)? Or do I make an attempt to find another job, which is so hard to find in my area? Some of the staff is helpful, but I feel like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole there. I don't want to give up so easily, but I am becoming a person who I never thought I'd be. Always anxious, no life, never see my kids due to my fluctuating schedule, and getting more & more unhappy each day. The thought of being unemployed with no income (I am a single mom) scares me terribly. Any advice or comments are welcomed. Thank you.