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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the website and was hoping for some advise or support.
I am a new RN and started a job as a nurse in the operating room. I have been VERY anxious just about every day going into work.  Want to either cry or vomit.  Change is hard for me and you are not trained for long before you're set free on your own.  The other nurses seem nice but some of the Dr's are nasty.  Mgmt consists of 2 woman who are control freaks and immature to say the least.  I have a counselor who I used years ago when I was getting married.  Again - change is hard for me.  I have started a journal and wanted to know if anyone could relate, tell me how long I may feel like this or just offer some helpful tips.  I even start feeling antsy on Sundays around noon already dreading the week ahead. 

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/12/2007 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome neelie :)

First of all, did I hear you correct, you are a brand new previous med-surg background?

I worked for a year on a med-surg floor to get that first year under my belt and it was a great foundation.  I learned how to deal with the other staff and the Drs.  Nursing is tough as you work with different people everyday. Not like in an office where you know who will sit at the desk next to you.

After med-surg I moved to ICU-CCU, a controlled environment where I was never isolated completely.  I took care of vents, swans and all the goodies.

From there I ended up in management of the ICU and ER as Assistant Nurse Manager and eventually became Manager of ER and Respiratory Care.

So you can see I grew and learned as I moved into the speciality areas.  Yes I would get anxiety on Sundays already worrying about Mondays and returning to work.  It is a high stress area, no room to make any errors and we are only humans so it is a tall order to fill.

You are feeling like all the other nurses in the world, fear of the unknown................what will happen and when?  When it does, you will just tell yourself "I am a professional" and just do it.  It becomes rote if you stay up on all the meds and techniques and possible emergencies that may be dropped in your lap.  ABC and after that DEFG etc.............

You will be ok, lots of hugs sweetie.


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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 10/12/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Kit.  I am just getting discouraged waking up every morning Mon-Fri and dreading going into work.  Life is too short to be existing like that.  I know I would feel like this what ever area I started to work in as an RN.  I am 41.  I went back to school and completed an evening/weekend program to get my Associates.  Took me 2 times to pass the boards and here I am finally proud to be a professional nurse but scared to death every day :(.

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