Hello All!

  1. I'm new to this site, so I thought I would say hello. I'm currently a nursing student who just started my preceptorship. I graduate next month. Up to this point, I've felt pretty confident in my clinical rotations but now, I feel like a novice again! Preceptorship is very different from the clinical rotations with my instructors, and now I feel overwhelmed and I'm making silly mistakes that I made in the begining of the nursing program. Will this get better? Will I ever feel comfortable? I thought you senior nurses would have some advice.
    Thanks For Listening
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    About Can't Wait

    Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 25


  3. by   MMARN
    Welcome to allnurses.com!! You have hit the jackpot in my opinion. You will find lots of help in this site. We have lovely people here. Good luck!!
  4. by   Can't Wait
    Thank you for the welcome!:spin:
  5. by   Daytonite
    Hi, Can't Wait!

    Yes, the real deal is a lot different from school. I won't lie and say that it's going to be a cake walk. You are going to have a few rough days ahead of you. It is part of the learning process. We all went through it. There is no getting around it. What gets you through it is your determination and knowing where to look for answers. You will make mistakes. You will often think, "I could have done that a lot differently, a lot better." That's what you do the next time. It generally takes a good 6 months to a year of working before you begin to feel like you might know what you are doing. Just hang in there. As I said, we all went through this. It is very important that you choose your first job very wisely because you will want to work for a facility that will also understand that.

    Welcome to allnurses!
  6. by   Tweety
    Good post from Daytonite above. We all go through the "novice" phase. During this time our confidence gets at a low and we question ourselves daily.

    It does get better.

    Good luck.

  7. by   Can't Wait
    It's a relief to know that I'm not the only one who has felt this way. :spin: Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one. Thank you for the support!