Anyone getting the grad year jitters?

  1. Hey all.
    Im from Australia and In my last year of RN Nursing school (graduate Dec 07).
    One of my closest mates at uni had just quit nursing today - she says that she cannot imagine herself being a nurse anymore and wants a change.
    Im dedicated to nursing and excited about the future but Im also scared and worried. Is this a natural feeling - Any of you guys feeling the same.
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  3. by   Jules Anne
    I know exactly how you feel. I also graduate in December and am staring to think seriously about where I want to start out. It's exciting and a little scary.
  4. by   Achoo!
    December '07 here as well. I just keep thinking after all of this schooling, I will still be coming out of this feeling as if I hardly know a thing! Good thing for long orientations!
  5. by   lifes_a_beach
    Do you guys get grad programs. Over here in Aus each hospital offers 1,2 or even 3 year grad programs. Where you are preceptored, given study days, extra support and training. Most of our grad programs offer you an oppourtunity to specialize whether it be periop, med-surg, ICU/ER, etc. I dont know what I would do if we didnt have a grad program, hopefully you guys are the same.
  6. by   allthingsbright
    I also graduate in December and can't believe I am almost there but am also overwhelmed by the amount of work I have left to do!

    Take care! I think what we are experiencing is "normal."
  7. by   Jules Anne
    Quote from lifes_a_beach
    Do you guys get grad programs. Over here in Aus each hospital offers 1,2 or even 3 year grad programs. Where you are preceptored, given study days, extra support and training. Most of our grad programs offer you an oppourtunity to specialize whether it be periop, med-surg, ICU/ER, etc. I dont know what I would do if we didnt have a grad program, hopefully you guys are the same.
    Most hospitals in the U.S. don't offer anything like that. I've recently heard that there is a push in one of the national nursing associations to require hospitals to provide something similar to what you have described.

    Hospitals that offer a 6 month orientation are like gold and most offer much less than that. One of my friends graduated last May and was given 12 shifts of orientation before she was on her own. The hospital I'm hoping to get into offers a 4-6 month orientation to their specialty units, which is pretty good.
  8. by   BoonersmomRN
    I graduate in December also and already have a job lined up that I do tech work on now. I think it's actually made the " burn out" WORSE because some of the classes I have yet to go- have nothing at ALL to do with the area I will be working in...and really don't interest me very much. I am finishing up OB right now ( hated it) and am about to start Peds ( not looking forward to it).....then I get back into the Med/Surg swing where I tend to thrive...and then it's all over...eventually.,..lol

    But, I will get through this.
  9. by   moongirl
    I graduate in MAY.
    excited.
    tired
    happy
    not scared
    cant come soon enough.
    wore out
    -:deadhorse
  10. by   AussieTina
    I agree too.

    I am also into my last year of Uni, graduate in dec 07.

    We have just completed a three week block of clinicals and the thought that in just 12 short months I will be there working, doing what the nurses that i worked with were doing, scares me silly

    But at the same time I am sooooo excited

    I have made it, have not dropped out, and have survived.

    One more year of Uni, then my grad year and then Paeds here i come :smiley_aa

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