From an Experienced to a Newbie
I know, you might think that I got it backward and normally you go from newbie to experienced. Well, not in my case. This week my thoughts are regarding going from an experienced to a newbie. An experienced RN to a new midwife to be exact.
Last Monday was my first clinical day of the last semester in the Nurse-Midwifery program (University of Cincinnati MSN Nurse-Midwifery). I still can’t believe that 3 years of my life went by just like that and I am almost done with my grad school. Oh, believe me, it was not easy and at times those three years felt like forever and there is no end in sight. But here I am…
That day my emotions were all over the place. I was so excited. You know that “almost grown up and ready to fly” feeling. And then there is scared and anxious me. In just a few months (three, to be exact) I will have to transition from being an experienced Labor and Delivery nurse to a new/inexperienced midwife. Of course, there is a big boards exam and job search in my near future as well.
Will I be ok? Can I actually make a good midwife? Do I have enough knowledge, expertise to swim on my own? As a student, I know that if I don’t know the answer or unsure, I can always differ to “let me double check on that with my preceptor”, and most patients are ok with that. But will there be someone to check with or back me up when I start on my own? Oh, so many questions and “what if’s” filling my thoughts and emotions…
I will be ok!
But then, I know that every midwife and every doctor, for that matter, had to start one day and become a novice in their field. So, I know I will be fine. Obviously, I will have to pass the boards exam to prove that I know my stuff and have a good knowledge base and critical thinking to start practicing safely . I know my go to resources (such as books, websites, medical/midwifery journals, etc.). I hope that I will have at least one colleague who will remember what it was like to be a beginner and will be supportive of my beginning practice.
You and I will be fine…
So, take a deep breath… Yes, I am talking to myself (actually, almost all the nurses I know do that…). And I am talking to you, if you are in the similar situation (maybe just starting school, starting a nursing career, starting any career…). We’ll be fine! We got through the school, intensive academic program, quizzes and tests, exams, and clinical rotations, you name it… We can get through the first year of new practice or career, and then the second one and the third… And just like that, before you notice, we will be experienced professionals. Deep breath… again, and again…one step at a time… You can do it. I can do it. We’ll be fine.
Let me know what you think about starting a new career. Share your thoughts, tips, and advice on how you got through your first year of any career, what you found helpful and what would you have done differently if you had to go from experienced to newbie again.
Until next delivery,
P.S. Check out my Helpful Resources page for the list of things that help me to survive as a mother, nurse, student, and a new professional.