Sorry, I know this is not a new subject but I really need my Allnurses' friends' support!!
I've worked the same job (RN on geri rehab floor) for four years, mostly part-time pms and PRN days. I started right out of school and have no other experience. I went part-time to be able to stay home with my kids, which I do not regret.
However.... my skill base is severely lacking and certain experiences have caused me to really doubt my judgment skills. Deep down, I know I could be a good nurse, but I have no supervisory skills, I don't have many technical skills that I would need for a hospital, which is a major reason for the job change. I want to learn them but I'm so afraid that my lack of self-confidence will cause a major oversight and harm my patients.
I love nursing but I'm not one to handle confrontation well or stand my ground, unless I'm sure of myself, which is less and less.
Especially, now that I have four years behind me, my co-workers will expect so much more and I will really be the equivalent of a new grad!
Thanks for listening and if you have any experiences or advice to share, my appreciative ears are open.:kiss