I have accepted a position in a level 3, 80 bed NICU and I'm soooo super excited. I have been working there as an extern since June but am still nervous. I know it's going to be way different as an RN and to tell ya the truth I'm a tad...ok a lot nervous. I love the unit, love everyone who works there, the nurse manager is outstanding, and I'll be starting with 2 other girls from my class. It all sounds great and they do have an excellent internship but I just can't help but think that I will sink and drown. I really don't know why I feel like there's a black could over me but I just want this to work so badly. I have wanted this since before I started HS. This is all I have ever wanted and now that it's here, I'm scared. I guess that's normal but I just want everything to turn out fine. Any words of wisdom out there to make this a smooth transition would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Nov 18, '07
Hi! Congratulations on getting your dream job! It sounds like you will do great! It is wonderful that you already have a feel for the unit since you are working there and will have other girls in your class to relate to. It's going to be challenging. You just have to take it one day at a time and know that you won't be perfect and don't be hard on yourself because of that. Every new grad I have talked to always has problems with time management and critical thinking skills at first. My biggest help has been the extremely supportive staff on my unit. It looks like you will be working with a great team too. Hopefully they will pair you with a preceptor that fits your learning style and personality. I have been in the NICU for 6 months now (wow time has been going by quickly!) and I still love it and am excited to go to work as much as I was when I first started. It's a learning experience and I love how cute the babies are no matter how tired I am! You will do fine!