I have learned so much. LOVING IT!!

Nurses New Nurse


I am 11 weeks in to my orientation, with 4 to go. I go to nights, the shift I will be working, next week.

I cannot believe how much I have learned in the last three months. Feels like more than what I learned in four years of nursing school combined.

Yesterday, one of my patients was on nimbex, ativan and morphine drips, with BIS and train of four monitoring. It was a first for me. GREAT learning experience. Last week I took care of a CVVH patient, which is one to one, and loved it.

I have two preceptors, and they are phenomenal. I could not have asked for better. They have made me think critically, and are wonderful support on days when I just felt stupid. How is orientation going for everyone else? I hope everyone else is having an orientation as great as mine. :)

Specializes in PeriOp, ICU, PICU, NICU.

So glad to read this. Best of luck to you in your continued success :)

suzy253, RN

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Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

Glad to hear about this and that you're loving it. That's wonderful. I have one more year of school myself so I'm looking forward to it. Keep up the good work! :)

jenrninmi, MSN, RN

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Specializes in L&D.

I hear ya! I've been told a couple of times that I'm in the "Honeymoon Stage". I still love it and learn so much every day. I keep waiting for the shift that is going to take me out of this "stage". My preceptor has been awesome! I start 3rd shift tomorrow night. This should be interesting. I've never really willingly stayed up all night. Wish me luck! :wink2:

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I'm glad for you!! I'm still feeling quite stupid. But hopefully, in the next several weeks and months things may get better. It sounds like you're doing really well!! :) :)

Specializes in ACNP-BC.

Hi! Glad your orientation is going well for you! :) That's awesome. I just finished my 2nd week & have 10 more weeks of orientation left on my med/surg floor. I felt somewhat down yesterday cuz I was being hard on myself...I'm trying not to be impatient with my progress. I have to say I've learned soooooo much in the past two weeks. You're right: it's already almost more than I knew in nursing school! I have very helpful preceptors (although I've had 6 of them -a bit too many)who are great at helping me out with what I don't know. I love being a nurse & now next week i'll be up to taking care of 3 patients on my own! :) woo-hoo! :) Wish me luck. Oh & today I had my first patient with THREE chest tubes! Can you believe it?! Plus he had a morphine PCA pump, a heparin drip, LR running, & a foley. I spent all day trying to resemble an acrobat-I didn't want to knock over anything! But boy was that a good learning experience. :)


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Hey, that's great. I think that preceptors can make or break your initial experience. I already told one of the nurses that I work with that come two years down the road, I want her to be my preceptor. She loves what she does and is a great teacher.

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