New beginnings

Submitted by McGill University
October 26, 2020

I began my first year working as a nurse in the middle of a pandemic. This is not something I could ever think would happen in my lifetime. Starting your first job is hard enough, but adding in a pandemic just makes it that much more stressful. Being responsible for 5 patients at a time while becoming familiar with a unit and hospital policies can be a lot to handle for any new grad, but COVID-19 changed things for even experienced nurses. Although I work on a surgical unit, all nurses were being forced to work full time as our census was increasing and we were needing to admit far more many patients than usual. On top of this, I am a university student struggling to meet up with due dates and quizzes. This pandemic has been hard on everyone, but especially healthcare workers. I want to be the best nurse I can be, but also be the good student that I know I can be. Saying it is difficult is an understatement, but like many others in my position I am doing the best that I can. My advice for others would be to take things one day at a time, and try not too worry too much about the future days. Focus on the now and not what you need to do next.