Hi everyone. My name is Paula. I've been registered to this forum for a long time, but could never get it activated for some reason until today. I was wondering if any one is experiencing or has experienced some of the same feelings I am having, and if so, how did you deal with it and can you offer some advice? I am a brand new grad and today was my 3rd day on a medical/hematology oncology unit. Even though my preceptor and I only had 2 patients, I felt a little overwhelmed, mostly over the little things. For instance, in nursing school, I have never had a patient with anymore than one primary and one secondary line running at once. The patients I have now can have up to 5 infusions. I was a little frustrated with the infusion pumps and what lines to use for which drugs. Then the worst was yet to come. We were administering blood products (RBC) which is a competency I need to be checked off on. So when I spiked the bag, it punctured right out the side of the bag and punctured into my wrist. I felt so awful! My aplastic anemia patient had to wait another hour before new blood could be transfused. I have really been beating myself up over these mistakes, so much that I was supposed to work a 12 hours shfit, but they sent me home at 3pm. Can someone over me advice on how to handle stressful situations. When will I really feel like I'm a "registered nurse" and not a student anymore? Also, I still feel so shy and timid around patients. Can someone offer advice on how to break that? Thanks for listening to me. Every now and then I think I made a mistake by going into nursing because I feel as if I am not organized enough, or have the critical thinking skills. I hope as time goes by, I'll gain these skills as well.