Am I doing the right thing? New nurse getting butt kicked - page 3

by j_tay1981

I am a new male RN, BSN. I graduated in August of '12 and started at my job on a neurology/med-surg unit. I never really wanted to do med-surg, but many nurses told me that it is a great place to start because you can hone your... Read More


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    Don't give up the first year I hear is hard no matter where you because the learning curve is so steep. I only have six months experience and caught a heart attack and had the patient transferred to the ICU in less than an hour. My first ever and on a med surg floor. It can teach you a lot and people you work with, no matter where, sometimes can lower your nursing self esteem. Just stick with it, it gets better. :-)
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    I am also a new nurse. I graduated in may 2012 and took the NCLEX in aug 2012. It took about 2 months to find a job, so I took basically the first job that was offered, as a way of getting my foot in the door. It's at an LTC with a 60 bed rehab unit. I am on the rehab unit and my position is "admissions nurse". I did not think that I was qualified for this position, I thought that it was more of an end of career type of job, usually when you have worked on many floors and know alot about meds, procedures and questions that you need to ask doctors when you are confirming medication orders. I have been here for 2 months now and dread going into work because I will be getting yet another email from the daytime supervisor stating that I have forgotten yet another little piece of the puzzle.
    I want to tell her to back the ***** off, that I am not going to get 20 years experience in nursing within 2 months- but obviously I can't say that because I am an adult and need to handle situations like a grown up. I also found out that they have had 2 or 3 previous "admissions nurses" one of which was a bran spanking new nurse (like me) and she lasted 6 months. Should I just ignore her and look for another job in the meantime? I really wanted floor nursing to begin with, I just don't want to get fired for missing little things like not adding Florastor to a persons medication list because their on ABT- I was never told that this was our facilities policy when someone is on ABT. Pheeew now I feel better, thoughts or suggestions are welcome
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 6, '13 : Reason: TOIS/profanity
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    My first year was torture, my second year better, but there were moments of real angst. If you didn't feel like you were getting your butt kicked I would say you aren't noticing your mistakes. You are doing fine.

    I totally get snapping at coworkers, but it's not going to help you. Try saying "I need a minute," and "let me think about that." I work the ER, and sometimes it takes 30 seconds and a deep breath, to get through the next task. You CAN take that time, no one will die, honest. If someone tells you to do something a different way, during your first year I suggest you just do it that way, and then research afterwards, and approach them to discuss their choices. It's fun to teach, but easier when both parties are not under pressure. You can do this.
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    Quote, "sometimes I'm there charting or helping with pt-care two hours after I was supposed to get off."

    Dear ChrisRN,
    Just out of curiosity, do you get paid for those extra 2 hours? I wouldn't be there if I am not on the clock. Patient-care on your own time? That is an overkill.
    There are 2 ways of looking at a nurse who stays over on his/her own time:
    1) S/he is very dedicated, and
    2) S/he is very slow.
    Take your pick.
    If you are coming back into the unit after you have clocked out, you are not covered by workmen's compensation (WC) in case you get hurt (slip and fall, attacked by a psychiatric patient, attacked by an irate family member, etc.) A hospital that I worked at, wouldn't even allow employees to come into the unit to collect their pay-cheque (now it is direct deposit everywhere, of course). We had to call ahead our colleagues who would be working to fetch us the cheque. That policy was not because of HIPAA laws but due to WC issues.
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    I do know that I"m eternally grateful that I didn't work full time at first (frankly, or ever). I would have gone mad.
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    Quote from HM-8404
    You stated you took a job in a unit you had little or no interest in. For me personally that would be a major stressor on the job. I have no interest in L&D and a great interest in ICU or ED. I feel I would be much more successful in a unit I desire to work in rather than one I know from the start I have little interest in.
    This was a big thing for me. I took a med/surg job as a new grad and that's not what I wanted to do at all, so I had a lot more trouble with it because I just wasn't interested in it at all. After a year I switched to ICU which I wanted in the first place, and now I'm off orientation again, and while I'm still nervous and stressed, I look forward to going to work, so it helps to balance out the GI distress mostly.
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    I still felt very anxious at 4mos into my job, somewhere around 6mos things started clicking and I felt better. I still have nights that are bad, but I feel like I have the flow of things down better. I no longer want to throw up when I walk off the elevator onto my unit. The biggest help to me was developing relationships with my coworkers I feel like I have friends at work who will back me up and not look at me like an idiot when i ask a question. if someone asks me for help I make it a point to help them even when I am in a time crunch. Quid pro quo and all that. The first time I had to run a rapid I had 4 nurses helping me and I didn't have an anxiety attack on the spot like I thought I would.
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    Don't be so hard on yourself. You have only been on your own for 4 months now. It gets better with time. Med surg is a great place to start. I started out in med surg and really am glad I did. I wish you the best.
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    In nursing school our teachers gave us a research study to read that showed that new nurses are at their lowest point in morale from 6mos-12mos out of school. The newness has worn off, you start feeling inadequate and burnout and question why you are doing this. It sounds like you are this point. It is not uncommon and if you stick with it, it will get better - you may not want to stay on this floor or unit forever, but you should feel better as a nurse as you gain experience.

    Keep on truckin - the grass isn't always greener...
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    [QUOTE=j_tay1981;7101244]
    many nurses told me that it is a great place to start because you can hone your time management skills, prioritization, and whatnot.
    Translated to mean: "We had to start out in med/surg and be completely miserable and so should you!!!

    Anyway, as many new nurses have stated on this forum, I am truly miserable
    .

    Mission accomplished!!

    I debated whether or not I should start out in med/surg because I felt that pressure from other nurses, but I decided to go to work where I wanted to work instead. I LOVE my job and I feel lucky every time I read a post like yours. When nursing students ask you if they should start out in med/surg....tell them NO!
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