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New Grad Interested in Leaving Bedside

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by AZNewRN AZNewRN (New) New Nurse

AZNewRN has 1 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Nurse.

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Hello!

I am a new grad RN currently working on a pediatric med-surg floor. I started in October 2019 and have been on my own since December 2019. So far, the team working on my floor has been great, understanding and supportive, some of the patient loads I can handle and some are more challenging (to be expected) but something still feels off and I feel like I have not become comfortable yet compared to the other new grad nurses that started with me. Some days I feel like everything I do is wrong, I forget to chart something (even though I did it) and I am noticing it is negatively effecting my sleep and personal life by constantly feeling anxious and stressed. I always knew that I did not want to do bedside nursing forever and I eventually see myself as a public health nurse. So my question is how long should a new nurse stay at bedside before venturing off to a new non-bedside job? 

Thank you in advance for your responses 🙂

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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Conventional wisdom leans toward staying put for at least a year.  The learning curve is very steep for that first year which is why you're still feeling off balance.  Do not judge yourself according to how your peers appear to be doing.

Meanwhile, focus on getting good at what you're doing.  You'll be glad you did.  Try not to get in the habit of stressing about work when you're at home (easy to say).

You can also start scoping out the vacancies to see what might be worth considering when the time comes.  When you can put a whole year on a resume you'll be more marketable.  Hang in there.

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Nurse580 has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Ortho/Neuro, General Medicine, Critical Care.

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AZNewRN,

I am currently in a similar position- actually applied for a job in your- waiting for the offer to be finalized. But I feel similarly when you talk about mental health impact- I am making a transition for myself before I feel the need to quit nursing altogether. 

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