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New grad in need of some more advice

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience and works as a Nursing Faculty.

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If you keep running away from opportunities to learn how to do your job, you will never be able to overcome your lack of experience or knowledge. That next job, especially for someone just starting out, is not guaranteed. This may be the only chance you have for quite some time. Make the most of it before throwing in the towel.

THIS x 100,000,000! The hard days are the ones in which you learn the most. Run away from them and you'll never overcome the obstacles.

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12sonrisa has 1 years experience.

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In September I'll have been working as a nurse for 1 year (hemodialysis and inpatient adolescent psych). From experience, in the beginning, most days will be hard and you will feel stupid and like a burden. HOWEVER, the only way to be a better nurse and move out of the "new" phase is to embrace every obstacle as the previous posters have said. I still spend time outside of work reading textbooks and articles related to what I see at work.

It's important to take care of your physical and mental health as well. It's true that you can't take care of others unless you take care of yourself first. Schedule your study time and schedule specific activities to nourish your mind, body, and soul. I highly recommend seeing a counsellor because this is one of the most stressful transitions you will ever make. But if you embrace the hard and learn to swim through it, you WILL make it!

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12sonrisa has 1 years experience.

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Also, nurse educators are an amazing resource! Your unit should have one and I recommend asking advice from him/her.

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Stick it out!!! You can do this. The preceptor with 7 patients plus charge is completely ridiculous. If you can survive orientation on a floor like that you can survive anywhere. I know i survived orientation on a cardiac tele stepdown hell floor. Make your skin as thick as you can before you walk in every day and soak up whatever you can. Chart the minimum focus on the abnormals when you are charting and chart throughout the day as you can. If theres a code, run to it. Good luck new nurse you got this

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Thank you to everyone for your advice, encouraging words, and time! I really do appreciate this especially because it seems that in this profession it can be hard to express feelings of doubt or worries. And especially hard to express these worries to the right person. i think I was also shocked at how different this is from what we were allowed and handled in nursing school. So thank y'all again for your words of advice to this anxious new grad! & I have decided to stick it out.. at least a little bit longer because honestly it really wouldn't be any different anywhere else. & with almost any job you will have bad days.

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