walked into a mess as a new stress lab rn

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    About a week ago I accepted a position at a local stress lab. The stress lab is located inside a Cardiologist office. A local hospital network is looking to buy the special imaging department of the cardiologist office within a week. So in the same office that will leave doctors office with its own nurses owned by one company and the special imaging dept owned by the hospital. There seems to be alot of anger and frustration toward the change. The RNs who work for the dr. office will have to monitor me during the stress test, which is fine I guess. I knew nothing about the change until the first day of orientation. Ironically one of the RNs who left the stress lab d/t all the drama and changes happened to be in orientation with me.

    So next week myself and one of the techs are expected to train a girl who's never been in the clinical aspect of healthcare before. We are supposed to teach her how to do manual BP during the stress test and check the patients in. All the while she will be checking people in, and of course the tech and I do our jobs. I wasn't made aware of any of this by my supervisor. The nurses at the dr. office told me this.

    For the first time of my career, my supervisor is not an RN and she is not at the site with me, she visits maybe once a week. She doesn't have a clue about the stress lab or what nurses do. I feel like I walked into a complete mess. My new supervisor is telling me that the office manager of the dr. office is claiming that they don't have a desk for me and was really hesitant about giving me a key for the buildings. She has been asking me if they were being nice to me, etc. Most of the staff have been really negative about the upcoming change which leaves me in an uncomfortable position.

    At this point I just want to go back to the floor. Have you ever been in this position? What kind of advice would you give someone in my shoes?

    Thanks,
    Tash
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    About a week ago I accepted a position at a local stress lab. The stress lab is located inside a Cardiologist office. A local hospital network is looking to buy the special imaging department of the cardiologist office within a week. So in the same office that will leave doctors office with its own nurses owned by one company and the special imaging dept owned by the hospital. There seems to be alot of anger and frustration toward the change. The RNs who work for the dr. office will have to monitor me during the stress test, which is fine I guess. I knew nothing about the change until the first day of orientation. Ironically one of the RNs who left the stress lab d/t all the drama and changes happened to be in orientation with me.

    So next week myself and one of the techs are expected to train a girl who's never been in the clinical aspect of healthcare before. We are supposed to teach her how to do manual BP during the stress test and check the patients in. All the while she will be checking people in, and of course the tech and I do our jobs. I wasn't made aware of any of this by my supervisor. The nurses at the dr. office told me this.

    For the first time of my career, my supervisor is not an RN and she is not at the site with me, she visits maybe once a week. She doesn't have a clue about the stress lab or what nurses do. I feel like I walked into a complete mess. My new supervisor is telling me that the office manager of the dr. office is claiming that they don't have a desk for me and was really hesitant about giving me a key for the buildings. She has been asking me if they were being nice to me, etc. Most of the staff have been really negative about the upcoming change which leaves me in an uncomfortable position.

    At this point I just want to go back to the floor. Have you ever been in this position? What kind of advice would you give someone in my shoes?

    Thanks,
    Tash


    I was recently in a very similiar circumstance with a crazy disorganized cath lab. I like you found out alot of things after i took the job. I worked there for 9 months and pure hated every day. I was told i would work 4 10hour shifts a week. When i took the job i was working 5 12 to 16hour shifts of week. The cath lab would overbook cases and we had very angry pts and families everyday. I never knew when i was getting off. It was far worse than i imagined. I returned to my floor a month ago. I feel a world better.


    IMO If you are having this much anxiety and problems with this job , this early i would return to the floor. I found out the hard way that the grass was definitely not greener on the other side. From my experience, problems on a job this early only gets worse the longer you stay. You will be going home very angry everyday as i did.


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