obtaining a brain

  1. allo all---haven't been around much except for some tuesday night gossip....even that got a little over my head...

    anyway--

    when you first became an RN, what helped you begin to feel that you were becoming capable as an RN?

    Like what practices, or environmental factors?

    i feel like i am kinda struggling here...always the high expectations of myself, yet right now, I am in a slump...maybe it's midnights, maybe it's th hospital I work at..... any input?? i love all of it if you got it, but OB nurses I woespecially love to hear from...


    many thanks-----xoxox--joy
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  3. by   joyrochelle
    ok wait a minute...just reread that above post....it' s not that i am incapable...but I feel llike there is so much i don't know.....much much to learn, yet get kinda overwhelmed with it all.......wah!!!
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    I knew, when I REALLY enjoyed Anatomy and Physiology, ESPECIALLY the lab, that there was a distinct possibility...

    I think the professor was a little concerned, however, when I got my frog brain dissected and hooked up the the brain electrodes in under 60 seconds. I was used to cutting up chicken, so it was rather easy..
  5. by   live4today
    I knew I was in love with becoming a nurse the very first time a patient told me being a nurse suited me. I was a student nurse then, and loved the clinicals more than the classroom instruction. Some boring.....some not.......but still had a great time in college learning how to be a nurse! :kiss

    Also...like Vegas...I found myself actually liking A&P and Micro.....still don't like Chemistry though.....:chuckle
  6. by   joyrochelle
    ok but that was like 3 yrs ago....now I have RN behind my name, and I am having a difficult time trying to get it all down when so many of the people I work with either don't care or don't know or don't want to explain stuff to me.....I guess that's it.
  7. by   adrienurse
    I made some poor choices when accepting my first position. I took a job where I was working independently most of the time and I had no other nurse to model myself after. Those were tough times. I finally felt that I had hit my stride 2 years after I had graduated -- once I was in a different facility with different responsibilities.
  8. by   live4today
    Joyrochelle......did you receive a strong orientation to nursing in a hospital after you received your RN license?
  9. by   joyrochelle
    a strong orientation?? well I suppose that is hard to define.....i thought it was, until new situations come up, and policies i was unaware arise. you policy and procedure type stuff....in addition to just feeling kinda....there. YOu know? I mean I have good nights where I feel competent and able. Yet there are other nights where I fel like I am giving the most basic of care, and could've done so much more, if I had had understood the whole problem. I know I am just a novice, but I feel like I am not in a place where I am learning enough. I have been there for almost 6 mths., and I am afraid that I cannot wait through the remaining 6 mths I gave myself to see what it was like working at a smaller, less acute rural hospital. The other one I used to work at, which is more city based and has a higher acuity OB unit offered me a position about 2 mths ago, but I didn't feel right ditching the place that just orientated me. I believe the position may still be vacant,....and I am a bit turmoiled!
  10. by   ceecel.dee
    It sounds like you've gone from the uninformed optimism stage to the informed pessimism stage, as can - and does - happen to all of us in good time. If you can ride it out, you can become optimistic (and informed) again. Sometimes it is telling you to consider a change, that it's time for a new challenge. If you don't want to change your position, take a class or a seminar, take on a policy that needs updating, join a committee! Change is always invigorating!
  11. by   joyrochelle
    well i do want to change my position actually...i want to accept the other opening at the other more acture hospital. Yet part of me tells me not to jump the gun, i am going back to school in sept, don;t want to overburden ( although I used to work there, so it wouldn't be that rough of a transition), in addition to the fact that I don't wanna be unprofessional or burn any bridges.....

    am i being a wuss about it?? grrr.....so confusing.
  12. by   live4today
    In time you will know what to do, joyrochelle. Until then...we are here to listen. Sometimes the best therapy is just talking it all out while others listen in silence...encouraging you to stay strong and do what you must do for you. :kiss
  13. by   bagladyrn
    When I started working in OB, I had already been a nurse for some years. Even so, it took me a good year to feel comfortable and competent in most situations in OB. From talking to others, this seems to be about the average.
    Don't be too hard on yourself, a little bit of timidity is better than cockiness, where no one can teach a person anything because they already know it all - now THATS scary!
  14. by   joyrochelle
    Originally posted by bagladyrn

    Don't be too hard on yourself, a little bit of timidity is better than cockiness, where no one can teach a person anything because they already know it all - now THATS scary!
    I agree....but part of me feels that the mentality of some of the nurses at the hospital I am at are kind that way. or at least the more experienced nurses have worked somewhere higher risk prior to working there, and have attained good experience. i guess I kinda miss being at a teaching hospital where you can ask questions and there is always someone around to give you a heads up, or at least explain things.


    thanks everyone for listening and commenting too.....this is really wearing on me, and I don't know what I need to do yet.

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