Post # 1
So after being unemployed for a month I got a job and started almost 2 weeks agO. They wanted someone with experience and I am experienced but I feel like I’m making a ton of mistakes at my new place. I’m having trouble drawing blood (couldn’t get like 2 or 3 out of 10 or 12 patients, I couldn’t get a catheter in today which I’ve never had a problem with, and I’m having trouble reading prescriptions and getting them right I think because I’m not used to their hospital format. They are double checking EVERYTHING i do (since day 1) and they make me so nervous I feel like I keep screwing up. I don’t know what to do!!! I don’t want to lose my job and I am legitimately trying my hardest but I just can’t get everything right all the time. I feel really bad that I’m not doing as well as I hoped I would be and I don’t know what to do. Anyone else encounter similar problems with a new place?
Post # 3
on i’m right there with you. i started a new job last week and im always anxious. and i’m still in orientation so they always have someone precepting me, and i get nervous! it’s like i think i could do my job better without someone watching, it’s like performance anxiety lol. so all i’m doing is breath….smile….and ask questions. i’d rather look like a fool asking questions than BE a fool and making a mistake.
btw, i hate starting a new job during the holidays!!! totally ruiins the spirit cuz im just anxious all the time!
Post # 4
I know! In a way I wish i had started in January 🙁
Post # 5
aw, i just started a new job recently too. i’m still being double checked but it’s okay. i’d rather learn from my mistakes now. 🙂 i’m sure you’ll be ok msnarwhal, there’s a reason you got that job!
Post # 6
Congrats on getting a job! Def sounds like you are starting to psyc yourself out. If you think they are cheesy sorry but perhaps saying some possitives affirmations daily would help? 🙂 I have been at my job forever but teaching gets HARD and I have to meditate and pray for strength to deal with the kiddos sometimes!
Post # 7
@MsNarwhal: They have to check what you do as you are new. These are people we’re talking about – you’re a nurse? Lives in your hands 🙂 Even where I work we are quite hands on with new staff, even experienced ones. Do not take it personally, it’s not that they don’t trust your experience, but you’re new and there are new processes to get used to. If something went wrong and they weren’t supporting you as you’re bedding into the job then they would be very, very, very liable.
Just relax, take notes, take it one step at a time. You know what you’re doing. You’re creating stress for yourself and you’ll make mistakes.
Have a great Christmas holidays <3
Post # 8
No, I’m not a nurse and I don’t work with people. I work with animals and am highly experienced at my job doing far more intensive procedures then I’m doing now.
Post # 9
@MsNarwhal: Have they assigned you a mentor or a particular supervisor? You might want to sit down with them over lunch or a break and ask for feedback on your performance and things you can do differently. At least then you will hear honestly how they feel you are doing.