I am soooooo glad other people feel this way too. I know we all say it, but it just also seems like no one else could possibly feel this anxious and nervous as a new nurse. I'm almost a year old (still a babe as well), but about 3 mos into my second job. I cried the whole way home the other night for my first time. I think I'm going to need to go to the dentist to get a bite guard. My jaw is constantly hurting and I, too, have permanent frown lines. I also have grown more grey hairs in the past 2 mos then in the first 31 years. I feel like quitting, because at this point it's hard to find anything redeeming in a job w/ such a demanding pace and huge responsibility. But, when I look at my patients and think, they're going through what my Mom went through, and my situation couldn't possibly be worse, I double check the IV meds I've just hung, and take a few minutes to talk w/ them. At that point, I don't care so much about being behind. I guess there is a redeeming quality about being a nurse, when my patients hug me at the end of my shift and thank me for... I don't really know what... but they thank me anyway.
I'm glad to hear other people feel the same way, and thank the Gods of Nursing for this site.