This is my fourth week at my first job as a nurse and my 2nd week where I am working alone. It has been a struggle not going to lie, I’m tired, stressed and emotional at times. No one said it was going to be easy but the transition from student nurse to staff nurse is difficult. As soon as I swapped into my blue uniform , doctors spoke to me, people actually asked me more questions, and I felt people and patients really listened to my opinions and health advice. I’m not saying that anyone was being mean to me before, but it proves that a different look makes people view you differently.
My first week I did have a few tears on a couple shifts but that’s normal, I don’t want any future students reading this and freaking out. It is just hard transitioning knowing that there isn’t a mentor following my every move…..checking all details and ensuring I have enough information. I am now on my own, obviously I can ask other nurses but these patients I have, they are mine, I am caring for them, they are my priority right now, if they are ill I need to know that and act upon it. It’s a big responsibility however I still love being a nurse 😊. I may be tired, worn out and a bit sore from being on my feet all day, but it’s worth it knowing you have touched someone’s life and their families and made them feel better, and to let them know they are not alone and that someone cares and will make their time in hospital comfortable but also making sure that the patient has everything they need to go home safely.