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New Grad Transition, Help!!!

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Hi all,

I've never made a topic on here so here it goes. I'm coming here to talk to someone that will listen. I'm having trouble with that... my family keeps reassuring me I'm "in the right place."

I'm a new grad that just started orientation for a new job. When I accepted the position, I was over the moon, elated to start... now that I'm a few weeks in, I'm just all around scared and nervous I've made the wrong decision with this choice of specialty.

I can't tell if this is just the new grad jitters or if I'm just not clicking with this area of nursing.

Thanks for your advice!

KJoRN81, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med Psych. Has 7 years experience.

Honestly, I think that's pretty normal. I know I was terrified when I started my first nursing job. How long have you actually been on the floor? Do you have good preceptors and a good NM you can talk to if feeling overwhelmed?

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

A short honeymoon period followed by anxiety when reality sets in is a normal part of adjustment.

Honestly, I think that's pretty normal. I know I was terrified when I started my first nursing job. How long have you actually been on the floor? Do you have good preceptors and a good NM you can talk to if feeling overwhelmed?

I am in the operating room as a circulator. I loved everything about it before I was offered the position, now I'm wondering if I should have started out somewhere else.

Give it a fair trial. All your coworkers felt the same way and are working with you, whether you see it or not, to help you get into their team successfully.

Unless you are really decompensating and can't even get out of bed in the morning from overwhelming panic/anxiety, your feelings are perfectly normal. Remember why you were thrilled to get this opportunity: things like, OR nurses often score highest on job satisfaction and longevity in their positions, and half of your classmates would give their left (body part) to have your luck.

Hang in! it gets better. Let us know how you're coming along!