Quote from Lorbun
You can not personally ever know everything you need to know on a Med/Surg floor from your schooling. Hopefully they are giving you a good long orientation to help with the most needed skills. You will need to ask for help throughout the next year or so. DON"T ever be afraid to ask if you don't know how to do something or just questioning yourself. It is alway better to be SAFE than sorry. I still ask for help after 2 years on my Med/Surg floor - somethings you just don't do very often. I had such an awful orientation as a new grad - that I went in to resign. They apologized and offered to give me just one preceptor and allowed me to be part of the team that created the new 12 week New Grad orientation at our hospital. I think our new grads are very well taken care of now. Just remember you can't know everything and will be learning new things for years to come. I love Med/Surg/Trauma where I work - it's the hardest thing I've ever done, but I love it! Hang in there and the best of luck to you.
would you mind telling my own facility this?!?!?! They threw me into my first day w/ 3 pts! And I'm a new grad. I'm so overwhelmed and feeling ill at ease that after my first week I am read to pitch and run. But my student loans just kicked in and I also bought a new car (I really needed to). But I also wouldn't know how to get a UA off a Foley. And I'm on an Oncology/Renal floor that is much more medsurg/post-op. They are too busy having me check off my skills validations (doing once or observing once is supposed to preclude me fr having to ask!!!).
I am so upset. How do you recommend (or anyone here please, I need help!) I approach the facility? Is it any wonder why 3 new hires before I arrived llast week, just quit? Yet the unit has nurses that have been there for decades!
I just think they are disorganized and chaotic in their orientation. I'm dreading going in tomorrow. I was with 3 diff preceptors in 3 diff days!! Each time I question something, I get
"don't you remember we taught you that in the classroom orientation 3 weeks ago???"
My response is, "no I don't" and I'm considered slow and resistant.
Is it me? I mean I graduated w/ a decent gpa fr NS. This is a 2nd degree for me. I never dreamed of having this career. It found me! This is all so hard. AFter graduation, I was attacked in my home and dealt w/ PTSD. But I recoverd and was able to study fr boards and passed w/ 76 Q's. AFter a week of interviews, this position came to me.
How do I learn the skills that are so technical, the crazy computer system, the doc's orders, and the whole way things are done at all when I get such resistance fr the facility that had me convinced to come on board that they welcomed new grads and didn't expect me to know anything straight out of school?
NOW they sing another tune?
I've worked soooooooooo hard to get here and now hate it.