I have faced each hurdle in my formal education, and most recently my boards, head-on and have succeded. Now I am to begin my employment as a med-surg registered nurse on Monday. Now that I have gotten past all the studying for written tests and am a "real" nurse (albeit a "baby" nurse
) and am looking at what lies ahead of me, I am scared stiff. I feel as if I don't know a thing about nursing and that the hospital in which I have been employed has made a huge mistake in hiring me. I am hoping that this feeling is temporary and I will begin building confidence in myself SOON. I am hoping that what some of my friends who graduated a year ahead of me has told me is true: that I will learn most of what I need to know in practice, and the confidence will come in time.
PLEASE tell me that this is correct. I am so afraid that I won't "get it" and will fail at my life-long dream. I'm hoping that this is just the pre-employment jitters.
Jul 9, '01
Hi Laura, those are normal feelings you are experiencing.You need to take a deep breath, frequently, and utilize the confidence you have that helped you survive nursing school, the first and maybe largest hurdle! Remember always that you are not alone. Make the most of your orientation, and always ASK if you are unsure. You will do fine. We all have bad days sometimes, it comes with the territory. I often have to repeat to myself 'I'm dancing as fast as I can' and sometimes I say it to my patients too......good luck, deep breathe.
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