5 things I wish I knew before starting my job as a nurse:
1️⃣ Once you graduate, you realize how LITTLE you actually know. Throughout nursing school, I was a total perfectionist, I learned everything I needed to, got A’s on many of my exams, and I truly thought that I was prepared to have my license. Once the real world hits you and you have real patients, it’s SCARY. But you will be OKAY. Each unit is different, each patient population is different. Throughout my 18 week orientation, I learned more than I ever did in nursing school (specifically for my unit) and after almost a year as an RN, I finally feel confident in my role.
2️⃣ No matter what they tell you in nursing school, you do NOT need to know everything. There’s text books, theres drug books, there’s google, there’s your co-workers. There are PLENTY of resources for you out there. If you don’t know something don’t be afraid to ask!
3️⃣ the pre-shift anxiety is REAL.
Every day that I go into work, I step off the elevator and take a HUGE breath knowing exactly what craziness I’m about to walk into. Some days are easy, some days feel impossible and you never know until you see your name on the assignment board when you walk in.
4️⃣ Your co-workers are EVERYTHING. When choosing a unit to work on, if you have a day where you get to shadow, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. Obviously you want to like what you physically do in your unit, but the people really have a big impact on whether or not you will really enjoy working on that unit!Choose wisely!
5️⃣ Self care is absolutely 100% necessary. Nursing is HARD. Nursing is EXHAUSTING. Taking care of yourSELF is not selfish. Indulging in treats in the break room will NOT kill you. Going home to cry can sometimes be one of the best feelings- and it’s OKAY. Working out happens to (thankfully) be one of the things that helps keep me sane, but you need to find YOUR activity- so so so important!
Hope this helps some of you new grads who are starting work soon, hang in there! I believe in you and you are going to be AMAZING.
For those of you who are already RN’s- what do you wish that you knew before you started? 👇🏽👇🏽