I came off nightshift this morning and ended up in my car in tears. Not because I did anything wrong with my patients, but I admit I gave a basic report this morning and was put down for it by a more senior nurse. I didn't have the answers to the questions she was asking and it made me feel like crap. It was like I had no idea about my patient, when in fact I felt I provided good, safe care all night. Let me explain further..I have been there for sometime now but was on maternity leave for 4 months and only came back recently. This was day 5 of working a shift since my return and to be honest I have been working on tuning up my assessment skills and my time management skills. I have not gone too deep into my patients' history beyond what I am given in report or what I hear in rounds because beyond the basic history and plan I do not need to worry about that right now. In my eyes, providing safe care is number one and providing a clear concise plan of care in report is important as well. I definitely covered the plan of care and a good assessment of the pt but I was being asked random questions that I did not have the answer to and I felt soooooo stupid. I even told her I would stay and look into things for her, but of course she said I was being ridiculous and told me not to worry about it. I guess I just need some reassurance in some way...and maybe some pointers for giving a report that covers everything and that would be good enough for every personality type I work with to accept!!!!