Well, Let me begin by saying OP, you are not alone. I just graduated in July, took boards in August and began orientation on September 8th. Nursing school is NOTHING like the real world. While I do get to be with my preceptor (who happens to be amazing) for a total of 3 months, I felt like a fish out of water trying to learn SIMPLE things the entire first week. Which, JUST ended. General orientation was a week long, plus a extra day to complete the 30+ educational videos and quizzes that serve as proof that we were "educated" on a topic when JCO comes around. What were we doing during the rest of the time? Not learning what would've been beneficial...the lady over the nursing portion of general orientation spent hours rambling... then squeezed the important things (charting system, med system, accu check, etc) in where she could fit them. It was a complete waste. Considering I didn't step foot in this hospital for clinical, this was a complete 360. I had to ASK if we could take a tour of the hospital to learn our way around. She took us to the cafe and back -__- I guess orientations aren't what they used to be. I'm blessed to have a great preceptor that understands. I truly believe that that is what makes a new grad.
I'm not expecting for it to be easy, and giving up isn't anywhere near my mind. I just wanted to say that I understand where OP is coming from. Nursing school was NOTHING compared to this. STAY POSITIVE! WE CAN DO IT!!