Oh no I wasn't expecting it to be all kinds of drama or 'Life in the ER' excitement I think I was just expecting it to be a little more...well..busy.
It's just that for a few months now I've been reading a lot of posts on All Nurses about how stressful the job is, how no one has time to take breaks because of the heavy workload they have, the time management issues and just running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Even all of my friends who are CNAs have said that LTC is a severely stressful environment and the PCA I was shadowing while I was volunteering said that she has no idea how CNAs in nursing homes do it and that the hospital is so much more laid back.
So I think with having all that drilled into my mind for months on end possibly made me over hype situation. I just thought it was going to be non stop work helping to care for all the patients. For the first 2 hours it is pretty busy getting everyone up and dressed and ready for breakfast but then after that it's 3 hours of wandering around looking for stuff to do until lunch comes, then we toilet and change briefs and then we wander around looking for stuff to do again.
Also if you remember I started a thread about making a great impression during clinicals and I just feel that I'm not going to be able to show them what a hard worker I am if it's not busy.
And yes, I ask the RNs, LPNs and other aides if they need help and I'm always told there's really nothing to do until a call light comes on.
Ah sorry for this rant. I just hate this fish out of water feeling!