10 more frustrating things about being a new nurse
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Being a new nurse is something all nurses have in common. Since everyone can relate, and misery loves company, we wanted to explore the most frustrating thing about being a new nurse.
Sean Dent got the ball rolling and then we went to Facebook to hear from you. Not only is it a chance to relive your own first days (for better or worse), but these messages can also serve as warnings for upcoming new nurses.
Here are 10 more frustrating things about being a new nurse, and don’t forget to add your own in the comments as well!
“Being a brand-new nurse right out of school and being completely clueless because school only prepared us to pass the boards.”
“Need nursing experience to get a nursing job…it’s a catch-22. Need a job to get that experience.”
“Veteran nurses who MAKE you feel stupid…it’s like they forgot they were new once.”
“Working very hard, never getting off work on time and the feeling that whatever you do isn’t good enough.”
“All the old no-mercy-having gators already working there! I’ve striven my entire career to never be one of those; to be helpful and kind to the newbies.”
—Sarah Doss Farrer
“I have been a nurse for 21 years and the one thing I remember most is that a nursing instructor told me that ‘nursing is 10 percent book work and 90 percent common sense’ and just because you graduate doesn’t mean you stop learning.”
“Being ‘thrown under the bus’ for things you did not do.”
“Not knowing where anything is kept, not knowing procedures for things like discharges/admissions, being spoken down to, getting your own routine, the list goes on….”
“Feeling stupid all the time, LOL!”
“I practically cried on the way home my first two weeks on the job. Not because of mean seasoned nurses, but because of how overwhelmed I felt, how much I felt like I didn’t know enough. I pretty much rethought my whole career choice, then remembered why I became a nurse. I’m still new, but two months later I’ve realized as long as I’ve done my best at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Not saying I don’t still feel overwhelmed sometimes, but I’m improving. So hang in there fellow new nurses!”