I have been working at my first job for four a little less than four months now. It's a busy med-surg floor. I had a pretty lengthy preceptorship compared to some I've seen here, but I don't think it was very good. I don't know though because I don't have anything to compare it to.
Anyway, I'm really really struggling with time management. I feel so guilty when giving off going report because I either have to leave things hanging for the next nurse to do (while I spend an extra hour or two catching up on charting) or because I don't know about things concerning my patients when asked such as particular lab work because I haven't had time to look. I have read to try brain sheets, but things change throughout the shift so much that I don't think another sheet of paperwork would be that helpful for me. We have SBAR sheets for each pt when we get report and then I have a sheet that I put notes on of things I need to remember to do or chart. Not to mention I really don't have time to try to get much organization going on because I can't come in more than 5 minutes early and my work phone is ringing with fires to put out often before I'm finished getting report.
Then there are discharges and admissions and often having to work without an aide. Then there's all the tasks that pop up for me to do that are new to me that I have to stop, track someone down and ask them to help me (they are busy too and I know they will soon be sick of it). Add to the top of that the other stuff the company mandates such as hourly rounding grids in the room etc.
I am so overwhelmed. I cry a lot. I want to be good at my job so bad but feel like a total failure! I think it may be normal but I don't know. I see my coworkers getting off on time and even having time to chit chat sometimes and I am jealous of their abilities. If what I am feeling is normal for a new grad, I think I want to be abnormal.