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10 Words of Wisdom for New Nurses

Jo, RN | Scrubs Magazine


I got a request for a post about role confusion (that awful feeling that comes from being a new nurse), and it sounded like a good idea. The transition from student to preceptored nurse isn’t as hard as you’d think; you still have to show up on time for various classes and lectures, you still have somebody following you around, you still feel like there’s some leeway for mistakes.

Coming off a preceptorship, though, is a whole other deal. All of a sudden, you’re a Nurse. But you don’t feel like one; instead, you feel like some schmuck who’s been picked up off the street and dumped into scrubs. Things seem really, really hard—even simple things, like a focused assessment of a patient.

Here’s what I learned when I was a new, nervous nurse

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