I’ve been on my own for about four months now & every night is an adventure. I will never forget the events that unfolded the very first night I flew solo…...more

The Trials & Tribulations Of A Night Shift Nurse

First & foremost - I am SO thankful that I have a job. Out of our graduating class of 38, a little less than half of us have found jobs (we graduated on December 12th). Having said that, I must admit I’m having a very difficult time adjusting to night shift. Working from 7pm until 7am just isn’t natural. My schedule for the next three months is work 3 nights in a row, have 4 days off. It’s a pretty nice schedule considering I have every weekend off & 4 days to recover. That will change once I’m done with my preceptorship. ...more
I think this is something that many nurses struggle with, especially new nurses. I was ...more

Training Wheels

Last week was my first full week of my 3 month preceptorship. I worked 7pm – 7am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Of course I was sick with a sinus infection the entire time, but what else is new. Regardless, I am officially a “nocturnal nurse”.My preceptor is a fantastic nurse who has a lot of experience in several different areas of nursing. She’s the charge nurse which has its pros & cons....more

Full speed ahead

Two days of new hire orientation down…four more to go. The first day was typical of any new job orientation. We went over the hospitals foundation, values, & mission. We also learned about the benefits the hospital offers to their employees. I am super excited about getting health insurance, especially considering I haven’t had any for the past two years!...more

A plethora of emotions

Orientation for my new job starts a week from Monday. I’m excited, sad & nervous. I went back & read my previous entry about being a new nurse. I realize I’ll be in that position again. Granted, I have some experience, but it’s definitely not hospital experience....more

Going from rejected to accepted

My days of continuous rejection & moping are over…I GOT A JOB!!! It all happened so quickly. I had been monitoring the job listings for several hospital systems in the area & applying for anything & everything. A couple of promising looking positions opened in the hospital system that I favored. So I decided it was time to start working my connections....more

Being a “New Nurse”

After four weeks of working as a nurse there is one thing I can say for certain: you can graduate from the best nursing school in the world, but it won’t prepare you for actually working as a nurse.I realize now that the expectations that I had for myself as a new nurse were unreasonable. I’ve always done well in school and I typically receive good feedback from my clinical instructors. But taking care of two to four patients for 5 hours in the clinical setting is a heck of a lot different than caring for twenty-two during an 8 hour shift....more