Friday, September 3, 2010

Is This Really Happening?

Hello work force!

After a hard and trying six weeks of new nursing orientation to the medical surgical floor I leave the comforts of having a preceptor and face the full patient load alone. My confidence level is at an all time low, I never thought nursing would break me! If I hear one more time, “Just wait it out, learn as you go” or worse yet, “just wing it”, I may scream. In nursing school we were not forewarned about the endless nights of running around trying to care for five patients whose needs are classified as high demands. The concept of nursing is a great; I liked that idea better than this reality shock I have faced. Am I ready to go on my own Sunday? Would you want me as your nurse? I just have to get through one full year! I can do this! I have confidence in myself, my abilities, and my nursing skills. I just hope I do not kill myself on this journey.


I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing while earning a 3.3 grade point average at a private Catholic college. I felt this program was very difficult and had taught me everything I needed to know about nursing! However, after graduation I took a job as a nurse at a smaller hospital an hour away from home and realized quickly I have much more to learn. Now that hour commute allows me to place myself in the depths of despair before I even walk through those sliding glass doors that lead to the unit of hell.
-Nurse Stat


  1. Honestly...we all feel the way you do. I have never "liked" nursing and intended it on being a temporary job...and now that I have been in it for 30 plus years....I don't really think I would have traded my experiences for anything. If you have some through my trek thru might inspire you to keep going....

  2. Oh my goodness, I just read your profile and cracked up! "Why was there not a course called 'how not to hate nursing?'" Awesome!

    I'm not a nurse, so unfortunately, I don't have any specific advice. I'd just say that like everything else in life, do your best, recognize your limits, and ask questions when you need to. My brother-in-law is a newly minted nurse as well and he also complains about the demands--mental and physical. He also happens to be 6'2," so he is frequently called to handle the bigger patients, because he is a big, strong guy.

    Keep your chin up!