Beginning any new career is a challenge. Questions will inevitably creep into your mind: What if I’m not good at this? What if I need help? Will I ever get into the groove? These are perfectly normal feelings. If you start to ask yourself these questions in your new nursing career, remember these tips:
1. Everyone starts at the beginning
That veteran nurse you look up to who seems to never get frazzled – they started off right where you are now. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something but it doesn’t take that long to become comfortable and find your rhythm. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a deep breath and remember that it will get easier each day.
2. Remember that you have support
There are nurse mentors in your facility and they are one of your biggest assets as you begin your journey. These veteran nurses know how you feel because they remember being in your shoes. Seek them out, they are there to help. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions or have them walk you through something. Just knowing that you have a support system in place to cheer you on to success should help alleviate some of the worry you may have. After all, we are all on the same team!
3. Trust and believe in yourself
You made it! You finished your schooling and passed your exams! Although you’ll always be learning new things on the job, you already have all the basic knowledge you need to be successful as a nurse. Trust your schooling and your instincts. You’ve already come so far, so don’t be discouraged. As with anything, if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve your goals regardless of how challenging they may seem.