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by ag11415 ag11415 (New) New Student

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Hello! Not sure if I'm in the right forum but I just wanted to vent/get some advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

I'm a new grad-RPN got my registration number a couple days ago. I am building my resume at the moment and applying to jobs soon, but I'm very nervous to start working as a nurse. I feel like I don't know anything and if someone would ask me a question I feel like I wouldn't be able to answer it. I'm petrified to start, I know its bad but I procrastinated on writing my resume for two days because I'm scared. for as long as I could remember I've always wanted to be a nurse, and now its here, but I'm terrified. Is this normal to have these feelings? Any advice?

Greatly appreciate any responses!

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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It is perfectly normal to feel this way! It is going to take you about a year to even feel comfortable as a nurse. You are also making a big transition from the relatively protected role of student to licensed nurse. It's a big change, still has a steep learning curve, and will take time to adjust.

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the Nursing in Canada forum

Perfectly normal to feel this way and hopefully the employer should offer some orientation but don’t be afraid to ask questions

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GBC_Student has 5 years experience as a BSN, LPN, RN.

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I've been working as an RPN for over five years. I still experience a bit of anxiety before I go to work and I'm still worried people are going to figure out I don't know what I'm talking about. Like others have said, it's perfectly normal to feel afraid. It takes a year to feel a bit comfortable in any position. Everyone has their first day. Once you get working you gain confidence and over time it gets easier.

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NurseSA has 1 years experience.

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Completely normal! Until this post, I too thought I was the only one who experienced such anxiety. 

I took a whole year off from nursing because I felt I wasn't ready. Then I started applying and still didn't feel ready. I got my first job at a LTC and that really helped build my confidence up. I have become more proactive, and I am currently seeking out opportunties to challenge myself further. 

Honestly just go for it! You won't be ready until you are actually there, and you won't know what to do, unless you actually work! Best of luck, you got this!!

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On 5/2/2020 at 8:26 PM, NurseSA said:

Completely normal! Until this post, I too thought I was the only one who experienced such anxiety. 

I took a whole year off from nursing because I felt I wasn't ready. Then I started applying and still didn't feel ready. I got my first job at a LTC and that really helped build my confidence up. I have become more proactive, and I am currently seeking out opportunties to challenge myself further. 

Honestly just go for it! You won't be ready until you are actually there, and you won't know what to do, unless you actually work! Best of luck, you got this!!

Thankyou so much for this ! I needed this !!

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