I graduated in 2011. It was a tough year to find a job. I worked 2 RN gigs and finally work on a cardiac tele unit. We are the only tele unit next to CCU, so we are strait up cardiac and get the open hearts out of the unit. Once we prove our selves we can move into the CCU. I started after 2 brand new RNs fresh from nursing school
. The problem is they are more prepared for the Critical Care class and I feel overwhelmed a month into this. We are all supposed to start independently on night shift in Sept. The new nurses started in May, so they have been following a preceptor much longer. My preceptor is holding me back for a few reasons. One is that we haven't covered everything. However, its a power struggle with her and my Nsg Manager. I have not been lucky when it comes to IVs. When I have an opportunity, my preceptor takes the easy ones and I know its part of her plan. She appears sweet face to face but I have seen her in action when she feels threatened. She tells me how she thinks I did well. Then, I over hear how her chatting about how much she hates her job ect... She didn't want to be a preceptor, but the nsg manager didn't have a choice. Anyway, any ideas how to win over both my preceptor, nsg manager, learn to take excellent care of my patients while building up a competent reputation so I can get my CCU spot? I am studying for my CCRN, it helps with refreshing concepts. I plan on joining three committees at the hospital. What else can I do?
Aug 15, '14
Volunteer to go to ICU when they are short. They will be sizing you up. We are always looking for people who have it, whatever it is. If a person from another unit helps us out I will send an email to a manager singing their praises. Make friends with the ICU nurses and you're in.
In the meantime attend every single educational offering related to Cardiac and Critical care.
The preceptor is not worth worrying over and I have had some doozies. You don't want to be known as difficult. You will learn a lot on the nightshift and that is just a couple of weeks away.
Get your skills list signed off and get on with your life.
Smile, don't complain or share, focus on where you want to be this time next year.
Last edit by icuRNmaggie on Aug 15, '14