I’ll be honest – this week when I walked into the hospital for the first time as an RN, I was terrified. It’s one of those things that doesn’t quite feel real, no matter how many times you repeat it over and over to yourself. I have been in the hospital so many times in the role of the Student… and now I’m the Nurse. I have officially bridged the gap.
I had a great first night, though. My fears were unfounded! But, the first night on the job came with a few harsh realities:
1) I have a lot left to learn. As a new nurse, I know a lot of theory and not a lot of real world FACT. 🙂 But it also became quickly apparent that I’ll get there. The more I work, the more comfortable I will be with my job.
2) Nursing = lots of paperwork. I think that might be one of the most daunting aspects of the job. Everything has a form, a place to be documented, a line to sign. It’s amazing to watch these nurses that have worked on the floor for years effortlessly fly thru it all.
At the end of my first shift though, one more thing became blazingly apparent:
I really love nursing. I really love pediatrics. I’m so blessed to have gotten in to this role, in this hospital… to learn and grow from awesome pediatric nurses.