Hello! Newbie RN here....I'm 42 and graduated in June..was an LPN for 20+ years with various experiences. I started in ICU in August...Boy have my eyes been opened!! I had very limited hospital experience as an LPN and flashback! Now i remember why I DIDN'T work in a hospital all those years!! Most days I want to cry (and that's while I'm pulling into the parking lot) and other days I feel so overwhelmed and stupid!! Everyone has gone out of their way to help me and I've had wonderful preceptors. My orientation ends OCT 14th..Things are getting better and just reading other nurses postings and experiences has helped alot. I'm feeling more encouraged now..I'm thankful I found this site. Now I can whine to people who don't know me HAHA!!!