New nurse confession : Sometimes I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. I can not remember every little detail in nursing school. Patient has a chest tube WHAT?!? I have never dealt with chest tubes. I have read about them sure, had NCLEX questions about chest tubes heck yes. have I had a patient with one HELL NO. I want to ask for help, but some of the older nurses look at you like you are the dumbest chick in the world… (Give you that is this chick for real look?!?). Confession I google a lot, go back to my nursing school books to look things up. Sometimes I feel like I get lucky, and even if I get the “is this chick for real look” I will ask for help with my head held up high, because my license is on the line, and I have a life in my hands.

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  1. Auntysocial says:

    Breathed a huge sigh of relief when I got to that last line because I thought you were effectively blagging your way through with crossed fingers and hopes for the best!!

    Don’t be put off by the looks, tuts, rolling eyes or anything else you get in response to your questions. In fact, politely ask if they were born with knowledge of chest tubes and whatnot because I’m pretty sure that everyone in the entire world is born knowing jack shit when it comes to nursing. We’ve all had to learn at some point or other.

    Keep asking and ignoring the lookers. Everything else will fall neatly into place and you’ll be able to sleep well ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Being a new nurse can be scary at times but I have learned that the most important thing is to ask for help. Also nursing is about learning new things everyday… We can’t know everything.

  2. Auntysocial says:

    Nobody can ever know everything about everything. NOBODY. There’ll always be the odd one or two that would argue otherwise but don’t let them bother you. In fact, let them motivate and encourage you even further!

    I’ve seen countless medical professionals die a thousand deaths because they were too proud to ask or too stupid to listen. (*Listening is the next most important thing after asking but that’s another post)

    Don’t sweat the small stuff, ask when you’re unsure and listen intently โ€“ not just to senior colleagues but also to patients and their families.

    Last but not least, relax, breathe and enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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