As the name suggests, I am a new RN. After missing the new grad positions, finally got a couple of job offers. I am excited and nervous too. Scared of being burnt out. I have a major problem with being assertive. Appreciate any suggestions to calm nerves. Thanks in advance.
Jan 8, '07
Good luck. Just walk through it. It gets better. Welcome to Allnurses!
Jan 9, '07
You're probably a very long way from becoming burned out if you are just now starting your career as a nurse. It usually takes years for that to occur. And it doesn't happen all at once. You generally feel it coming on for quite some time. Self help books regarding boosting/strengthening your assertiveness could be helpful. Probably exercises in them to assist in building that skill. I, too, have suffered from that at times during nursing career. Sometimes I'd have to push my way thru a challenge or an affront from a subordinate associate trying to push my buttons(usually CNAs!).
Oh, and staffing personnel trying to get in my face while I'm on the med cart and obviously very busy harassing me about working extra shifts. As if they expected me to be bargained with during pt. care and bullied into something I would rather not do since I was already preoccupied with giving good nursing care! You'll develop that backbone. If you don't have it now, you'll grow one! It makes life easier if you can picture yourself saying or doing the thing that you dread. Sort of like, picture it as a goal, have it in your mind's eye, then make that image happen. Keep your eyes on the prize, sort of thing. Hope that helps and makes sense. Good luck in your nursing career.