I am so proud to finally say I am a NURSE. Although I graduated in December and started working in Med-Surg at a community hospital the first week of January I didn't feel like a nurse until I passed the state board's last week. It's official--after only 75 questions and no calculations I am a bonafide Registered Nurse. It feels great. I love the fact that I am helping others with the work I do. I am still in training I am getting the best lessons imaginable because I have a wonderful preceptor. It's a little awkward because she is younger than me AND pregant so sometimes I feel like I looking out for her alot. But she is great at what she does and is a great teacher and mentor.
My first day on the unit were terrifying because I felt so inadequate and didn't think I knew enough to help the truly sick people on our unit but after a month I can see how I have grown not as nurse but as a person. I feel like I am fitting in with the other nurses and am able to contribute to the unit in a substantial way. I know my enthusiasm is partly because I am a new grad but I feel that I will be in med-surg for a long time to come. It is what I have always wanted to do and I am so thankful that I am able to do it.
I look forward to hearing from all of you and your experiences and sharing some of mine.