I'm nervous

  1. I start my orientation on the floor this week. I get to do 4 weeks on days then 3 weeks on nights. I know nursing school has not prepared me for this and I am scared out of my wits. I have been a CNA/Tech for almost 24 years. I am trying to remember I am the nurse now. I am the one the CNA will come to with problems. I keep talking to myself trying to convince myself I will be ok and can do this. Afterall I did graduate nursing school and pass the NCLEX. I thought today was going to be my first day on the floor with pts. I did not sleep last night. It was like the night before clinicals all over again. Does it get easier and less scary?
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  3. by   Brooke13-RN
    Congrats on making it this far. I think you are feeling exactly what all of us our feeling when we start. It is really really scary. It's great that you have worked as a CNA, I think it's going to help you with you organization. I had a 6 week orientation and have been on my own for 2 days now. I'm still scared before I go in because of the whole unknown element. What am I going to come across today.

    Just take things one at a time. Soak in everything you can over the next few weeks. I can't tell you if it gets easier because I still get nervous, but once I get there and get going on the nursing I can calm down and just do the job.

    Good Luck. I'm sure you are going to do fantastic.
  4. by   AuntieRN
    Thank you Brooke13RN. Congrats and good luck to you too!!
  5. by   debizrn
    Congradulations on being aware of the responsibilities involved with being a nurse..... this realization will actually set the basis for you being a safe and successful Nurse.... Take it one day at a time and as I tell others remember safety and have fun Nursing is a great profession Debi:spin:
  6. by   DolphinRN84
    You will do great AuntieRN! I myself am starting a new job in about a week and a half and I'm pretty nervous myself. But you're right, I always tell myself I made it in nursing school, and I passed the boards and I've also been a CNA for 2 years during nursing school. Good luck!