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Felt Like A Real Nurse Today

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Specializes in Home Health CM.

I have been working as an intern for the past year. I just graduated in December and go take boards on Feb 4th. One of my preceptors let me call and talk to the doctor about one of our patients today at work. Made me feel all "grown up" and like a real nurse today. :nurse: I felt like a member of the team in taking care of my patient. Funny thing is, I thought I would be feeling like a real nurse when administering drugs, but not so. It was actually just with conferring with my colleagues. Just wanted to share.

For nurses that have graduated, what or when made you feel like a real nurse?

NurseThis21, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry.

Aww! That's so sweet! I'm glad you had your first experience with being a nurse! I'm sure that'll be your inspiration when you start working. I've only been a nurse for four months, but I will say that every day makes me feel more and more like a professional. True, there are some days when I feel like I took an express on the do-do bird train, but I quickly make up for it when I'm interacting with my patients, making them feel better, and letting them know that I'm there for them whenever they need me. It seems like it's the little things that really make me feel like a nurse; moments that are unique only to nursing. That's what makes it count. There was even a time where I had to perform CPR on two people that past out from alcohol intoxication. That just made me feel like Superwoman. :o

I'm excited to see what other little moments will come my way so that I can stay reassured of my abilities as a nurse. I hope the same happens for you as well because it's a truly invaluable experience. Treasure each new skill or term that you learn, each intervention, each moment of quiet that barely exists on most days. Before you know it, you'll be seasoned and reminisching on the beginner days. Good luck to in your future endeavors!:yeah:

Kim, HHRN

Specializes in Home Health CM.

Aww! That's so sweet! I'm glad you had your first experience with being a nurse! I'm sure that'll be your inspiration when you start working. I've only been a nurse for four months, but I will say that every day makes me feel more and more like a professional. True, there are some days when I feel like I took an express on the do-do bird train, but I quickly make up for it when I'm interacting with my patients, making them feel better, and letting them know that I'm there for them whenever they need me. It seems like it's the little things that really make me feel like a nurse; moments that are unique only to nursing. That's what makes it count. There was even a time where I had to perform CPR on two people that past out from alcohol intoxication. That just made me feel like Superwoman. :o

I'm excited to see what other little moments will come my way so that I can stay reassured of my abilities as a nurse. I hope the same happens for you as well because it's a truly invaluable experience. Treasure each new skill or term that you learn, each intervention, each moment of quiet that barely exists on most days. Before you know it, you'll be seasoned and reminisching on the beginner days. Good luck to in your future endeavors!:yeah:

Thanks for responding, NurseThis21 and congrats on your new position, too. :nurse: I hear you about the days of feeling like you're on the do-do train. My first day back was yesterday and it had been quite some time since I had been working and there was nothing that went smooth that day. It was just one of those days. Felt so unorganized and if one more person was gonna ask me something, I thought I was gonna lose it. :uhoh3: Fortuately, so far, there are more of the good days than the bad. :rolleyes:

That's cool that you have gotten the opportunity to feel like Superwoman! Power to the Nurses! (lol)

Lookin forward to becoming a seasoned nurse. :redbeathe

knittingknurse

Specializes in med-surg, telemetry.

The first time I felt like a real nurse was when I assessed for rebound tenderness in one of my LTC patients and made the decision to send her to the hospital! I just started in a hospital, and working with PICCS without supervision is another major milestone for me. :rckn:

Ella26, BSN, RN

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology. Has 3 years experience.

Im an LPN and passed boards in june 09, I work on call at chemical hlth facility, so I dont get to utilize all of my skills, we mostly have chemical hlth and psych issues. I am wondering about the answer to your question as well. I still dont feel like a nurse yet. I have given oral meds, shots, dressing changes, lots of paper work and signing my name with LPN. But I think it will come when you've been on the job about a yr FULL TIME or when u feel more confident in every aspect of nursing. Or thats what i hope :confused:. I guess i feel that way because i only work like 5 days a month.