I am currently unemployed (for the past two years) and waiting to see if I am accepted into a masters program. In the meantime, I am living on alimony and child support.
I did have 1.5 years working in LTC and rehab. Rehab units were usually 7-15 patients with tube feedings, trachs, wound vacs, sutures, etc. LTC was 28 residents with a lot of lotion treatments. Felt comfortable doing that and decided to accept a LTC agency position, part-time for about 12 weeks. The patient accuity is about the same as I am used to, but there are about 35 patients(not really all that more). PM and HS med passes take experienced nurses 2.5-3 hours each. And I am so much slower because I don't know the residents, how they take their meds, their personality quirks, etc. The next shift is waiting for report, and I have just gotten off the floor and haven't even started charting yet. I have had two nights of orientation and will be on my own in a different wing with new residents next week. So nervous that I will not be able to handle it. I used to be comfortable with my 28 LTC residents after 3-4 shifts of orientation. I knew the residents and could pull their meds without checking the MAR (of course, I still did, just didn't need to). Really worried that I will be too stressed out and will miss something important. Is this the normal "newbie" jitters, or am I over my head after not working for the past two years (I finished my BSN and was a single mom to 3 kids)?