One of my biggest fears when beginning a new job was that I had to go to a hospital system I had never been to before. There were several reasons I was nervous about this transition. Some of the biggest ones included being in a new place, with new people, and a new EMR (electronic medical record).
One of the actions that helped me over come some of my nerves on my first day was driving past the hospital a couple of days before my first day. Knowing where to drive and where to park made me feel like I at least knew where I was going on my first day.
I was also fortunate enough to know another girl who was was walking in to the hospital on her first day on the same unit as I was. We walked out of the parking structure together, but then quickly realized we both had no idea where we were going, we had a general idea, but that was about it. Thankfully there was a security guard that happened to be walking by just as we walked out of the structure and pointed us in the right direction. We made it to the unit without further incident 😉 .
The unit was warm and welcoming and everyone on the unit was prepared to help us with our transition. This also immediately alleviated a lot of the worry I was having about being “the new kid” on the unit.
What I had the most trouble with was with the EMR. I had used a couple of different EMRs prior to this experience, but this one was different than the others, and one I was completely unfamiliar with. Realistically it took me about 3 solid weeks before I was comfortable charting my assessment completely on my patients, and I am STILL not comfortable with everything in the system. That and there is a combination of paper and electronic charting and that is something I am still not completely comfortable with and it confuses me at times. The other nurses I am working with have assured me several times that learning that whole system is something that takes time and I will become more comfortable with it as time goes on. I certainly hope thats the case, but for the time being it still feels crazy.
There are many reasons I was nervous, but those were some of the main reasons I wanted to hit on. Does anyone have anything that made them nervous or anxious on their first day? Leave it in the comments 🙂