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pls advice for newly grad?? so nervous to start for work..


since i passed my exam, i easily got my 1st job but i quit cuz i felt like im not ready to be a charge and med nurse at the same time. then after a month i got my 2nd job but i quit again, i just cant overcome my nervousness. and now i tried to find a job again, and there's 3 of them offered me a position, but still i didnt accept any of it yet. waaaah! :o

my friend said that im so lucky, cuz nowadays its hard to find a job, but im just wasting these opprtunities...

pls! give me advice on how to start my lvn job... i know all nurses started as new grad... without experience..

how did you handle it? im just so nervous that i might not know what to do if im already in the floor...

i just cant start working...

pls. give me advice on how handle it as new grad,,, thanks. :redpinkhe:redpinkhe:redpinkhe

First..what city r u in where there are so many available jobs for new grads? Second...why did u go thru school if u dont want to work as an LPN? Relax and take a few deep breaths...u have to start somewhere. I think once u get on the floor and start working u will be fine. Everyone is nervous at first. Good Luck...


Specializes in Orthopedics. Has 4 years experience.

First of all, pat yourself on the back for PASSING your exams and EARNING your title of NURSE. You've come along way already and yet I can understand your nerves. Everyone has them when they start a new career/job.

First of all, remember WHY you decided to enter in this career field and try to recapture that feeling.

Second, remember that everyone needs a bit of a transition time and that is usually what orientations are for. Get your feet wet: ask questions, develope your routine (watch and learn from the other nurses) and most importantly recognize your weaknessess and strengths.

Third, speak to your supervisor about where you need help and about the support you can get to make sure you can do your job to the fullest. Also, take cues from others on the nursing team as they can be a great source of information.

Lastly, don't expect perfection from yourself. Instead celebrate the successes and use the not so great experiences as lessons to learn something with.

Good luck and don't give up on yourself!

Hello Princezzzz,

Everyone here knows the feelings you are experiencing. Its a scary new world out there and after clinical experiences with teachers there to help, it is awsome to be on your own.

My first job as a nurse was in LTC. I was made a charge nurse and told I would have 6 or more weeks of training. It didn't go down that way, but I did get some training. When they turned me out on my own, my first nights for a long time ran into overtime. I was told that can't happen, you need to speed up. I didn't see how that was possible. I was going all the time, missing breaks, missing lunch. Patients would need special treatments or procedures and my medpass would be late. I was a nervous wreck when I came home and thought I would never "be a nurse." A friend of mine started at the same time and had the same experience. We would go out after work and compare to see who had the worst time during our shifts, lol.

After a while I noticed that I was finishing on time once in a while. Then it became more common. I found ways to speed up my medpass, delegate time-consuming tasks that didn't need a nurse to my competent aides, chart better and more efficiently. A job I had hated became (almost) a piece of cake, after several months. It takes a couple of years to fully learn about what you are doing, and even after that you are learning always.

You don't learn how to be a nurse in school. They teach you about the human body and procedures and give you references so that you can make educated decisions, however, the first months working are the real training ground.

I determined after my first few weeks on the job that I hated nursing (so did my friend), and I was going to look for work doing anything else. At the time even flipping burgers sounded better, more mindless. The fact that you are nervous shows you care and don't want to make mistakes. You are going to make mistakes. NONE of us are perfect. It may look like it on the surface, but after a while, that nurse that acts like she is a gift to nursing will make a mistake in front of you and you will feel just a little better about yourself. You will correctly assess that a patient needed to go to the hospital and after sending them out and finding out that the patient really needed to be sent, you will feel a little better.

In order to feel those feelings, you need to jump in with both feet. Ask questions until your co-workers are pulling their hair out if need be. Arrive early and complete tasks that slow you up during the shift. Do whatever is necessary to help yourself feel better about what you are doing.

Sometimes we don't get the job we want when we are new. I didn't want LTC, but in the town I was in, it was all that was available. I took what I could get and much like you, wanted to quit immediately after training. Now I am glad I stuck with it. I am going into a new and different job in the coming weeks. I am nervous and worried that I won't be able to handle the job, but my previous experience tells me I will succeed if I hang in there, do what I am told, and learn as much as possible.

You will be fine. You got the schooling, which I bet you thought would never end and which I also bet you thought you may not be able to finish, but you did. This is the next step. You can do it and you will :)

Good luck to you, give em hell!

aww.. thanks to y'all...! i feel better. btw, i was a cna thats why i wanted to be an LVN.... and now im here... its not that easy... sigh!

tomorrow is my first day of orrientation...

hope everythings gonna be alright. thanks... :thankya::thankya:

This is very inspiring!! Am a newly grad myself & I will consider your good advice.