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  1. whippetgood

    Help! I'm sinking!!

    Thank you all for your advice. I know I am jumping the gun, but I guess I am one of those people who are so afraid of failure I really want to shine and do the best I can with this profession (especially when people's lives are at stake). I know that I am only human, and I will make mistakes. Today wasn't so bad, I suppose. I spiked a bag of blood properly today! Woo hoo! I know things can only get better. :)
  2. whippetgood

    Need some encouragement..

    Hi Healer, I am in the same position as you. I do not have a lot of confidence and I often wonder what the other staff members think of me as well. I am trying SOOOOOOO hard to get over that! I do think things will get better for the both of us. Your preceptor sounds a similar to mine. I'm going to wait and see how the rest of the week goes, and if things don't improve then I'm going to sit with her and talk about ways we can communicate better. I came home in tears today just feeling awful about myself, and I don't ever want that to happen again. It's not worth it!!!! I know both of us will make it through!
  3. whippetgood

    Help! I'm sinking!!

    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.