Quote from ddrn97
I'm on orientation and although I feel I'm doing well as well as being told I'm making good progress, I just don't feel competent enough. I know this is normal but :
As you already know, your feelings are normal. You just have to give it time to see if you are going to become more comfortable as you get more experience. There are no short-cuts or ways to avoid the normal feelings of being a bit overwhelmed at first. You have to endure them -- and grow from the experience. Here are a few tips that might help you get through this stressful time.
1. Take care of yourself physically and mentally by eating well, sleeping, getting a little exercise and doing some fun stuff on your days off, socializing with some friends and family -- and just generally doing some things you like to do.
2. Get to know the people you work with. Make some new friends in your workplace so that your work thoughts include some happy thoughts and smiling faces.
3. Locate your resources. Find some people who you can go to when you have questions. You will always need some people in your workplace you can go to.
4. Remind yourself of the progress you have made and how much you have learned and grown. Imagine how much you will continue to grow over the next few months.
We can't always avoid stressful situations or unpleasant feelings in life. Sometimes, we just have to live with them for a while. So as long as your feelings are in the "normal" category, there is probably no need to worry. In a few months, as you get more experience, they will ease. If not, then you try a different approach -- or maybe a different job. But give it a little time first to see if those feeling resolve as they do for most people.
Are you working in the specialty that you hoped to work in when you planned to be a nurse? That can be another big factor. If you aren't, you might be stressed because this is not the job you want. If that's the case, then plan on it being a temporary 1 to 2 year job -- and dream of the future, when you will be working in the specialty of your choice.
Good luck to you!