Hello Everyone!I just graduated in may with associates degree in nursing, which I got at a community college close to home. I can honestly say in those two years I did not have very good clinical experience and have very little hands on experience and have no skill technique at all! I just recently moved to a big area and was able to get an RN position on a med/surg floor at a larger hospital then what I am use to from my clinical experience. I went through hospital orientation last week an started on the floor this week. On Monday I didn't really do whole lot, it was kind of a paperwork day and I did a scavenger hunt exercise to find where things were on the floor( didn't really find it very helpful). Yesterday I had one patient to take care of and I felt extremely overwhelmed because I was so unsure about where things were located and the computer system for charting is way different from what I am use to so I felt lost all day and cried my eyes out when I got home! The floor has one person designated as a preceptor and she is really nice, but she is responsible for all the new employees and there are 4 new people who just started within the past 2 weeks! So there were times throughout my day where I was so lost on computer stuff and I had to wait around for the preceptor who was trying to deal with 3 other new people. I'm also at a disadvantage because these 3 other new people had some of their clinicals at this hospital so they know there way around and know the computer system pretty well and they also have BSN where as I do not. I kind of wish I had someone who could give me a little more one on one help for the next couple of weeks until I get use to things. Another issue I am having is that i have no skill technique! When I was school we watched videos on skills and we had manquines to practice on but we never got the chance to perform skills in clinical on actual patients and this scares me a lot! I think the thing that scares me the most is starting IVs because I do not even know how to feel for a vein! I have a friend who has been a nurse for over a year now and she said she still can't start IVs a lot of the time. When I look at how well these other 3 new people know what they are doing and how to perform skills, it makes me feel like I wasted my time in nursing school because I feel like I don't know anything! Any kind of advice or support would be greatly appreciated!