"Hey new nurse,
You terrified yet? Have you wanted to quit or reconsider your career choice yet? If not… you probably will.
But, little nurse- take heart. Please take heart. You are not alone. That confident nurse you admire so much, the one whose work is done on time and is always available to help out. The one who everyone asks questions and who can usually offer more ideas than the doctors. The one that always gets the hardest assignments and who you hope to see in a code. That nurse was once where you stand. They also once shook a little starting an IV. They were also afraid they put the catheter in the wrong hole. Their voice also quivered when they talked to their first ‘mean’ doctor. They also woke up, put on their scrubs, looked in the mirror and thought. “OK…I can do this.” The thing about nursing is, you don’t know everything. You never will. But, that is both the beauty and the pain of the job- you never stop learning. So, little nurse, hang in there. Because that nurse that you admire so much didn’t get to where they are now by quitting."
"Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door."