Will this feeling EVER go away?
It’s tough for faculty to set up curriculum, I know that. But at the same time, my school only requires 90 hours of precepting in our last quarter. That’s 7 ½ shifts! ONLY! Other schools I know require far more than that. Regardless of the hours, I still leave my shift precepting with that gut wrenching feeling.
Even when the day is going well. When I’m feeling more independent. When I think that “hey, maybe I can get the hang of this,” there’s still a part of me that’s like, “AHHH! OMG!” It’s a constant voice in the back of my head. Sometimes it keeps me going, other times it forces me to just take a time out and chill. I feel like nursing school was really just the tip of the iceberg as far as “how to be a nurse.” Just when I felt like I was starting to get the hang of it last quarter, that feeling crept back up and reminded me that there’s a whole other world out there that I’ve got to learn about. I guess all I can do is muster up my knowledge, say a prayer, take a deep breath, and jump in.
I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.
By Ani Burr, RN