I really just discovered this thread and am so sad to read some of these stories. New nurses need to be embraced by our profession and given really and true opportunities to transition to practice so they can realize the difference they make in the lives of patients they care for each day. We need each and everyone of you in the profession today and I am thankful that you have made the choice to become nurses.
I have been a nurse now for almost 26 years and I am not even old yet ... :) But I have seen the ups and downs of the profession and can tell you that being a nurse is the single best decision I have ever made in my life. Your transition can be hard! Fight for the orientation and training time that you need. Remember ... as a new RN your practice is your practice and you need to define your time frame for transition. While I recognize the pressure many new graduates get from employers to "get productive." At the end of the day ... you are the professional and you need to define what you need in order to be effective for your patients. Remember however, there is a lot of learning. Ask many questions - find another RN you feel comfortable with and utilize him or her to guide you. Stay in contact with your nursing instructors, fellow graduates and continue to build a network of nurses around you. Keep your textbooks close at hand and continue to study and learn. Your first year will pass and before you know it, you will be talking the talk and walking the walk. Just remember .... when you finally do transition and you are the experienced nurse - remember that new graduate and provide them with the support, compassion and networking that you needed when you started.
For those of you that are interested .... many organizations have heard your voice and are calling for a much better development period for new graduate nurses .... this also includes LVN/LPNs. The National Council for State Boards of Nursing are working to conduct a study of new nurses transitioning into practice. This study will provide some wonderful evidence as a means to support your concerns. Also, the IOM has called for nurse residency programs that offer new graduates with a reasonable time frame to get use to their new responsibilities. They are hearing you.
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Best wishes to each and everyone of you. Come back and post frequently - tell us how you are doing.