Burned out after only 3 weeks. - page 2

by pullingallnighter

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I'm feeling very depressed. I was able to get a job on a general medicine floor at a large teaching hospital and I was very grateful to have a job since I've heard it can be tough for new grads right now. But it's been very... Read More


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    Out of nursing school I had three months of orientation on the unit before I was on my own!!! And I STILL burned out at that place after a year!! I was more prepared with the orientation I got, but the environment there was ALOT like what you discribed. I ended up with severe anxiety and panic disorder, and moderate depression. I left that place and now I'm VERY happy in my new job at a completely different hospital.

    I would say tread carefully in this job you have now, get a support group behind you and get some really good stress releif ideas. Take your tasks one or two at a time and don't be ashamed if you NEED to step into the bathroom for a moment to calm down. I really really really hope your situation gets better and doesn't end up the way mine did. I know its hard but really you can't be the best RN you can be until you first take care of yourself. If all else fails. talk to someone at work that you have come to trust, away in the break room, or somewhere else private. They might be able to hook you up with resources within the hospital to help with the situation. Also, if your employeer has an Employee Assistance Program, I'd take advantage of that too. I did and talking to the counselors there kind of helped me sort out my thoughts and priorities.
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    Have you tried talking to your manager? Your orientation is pathetic. I am not sure how to help you. You have barriers there and they don't seem as though they will get better. You may need to look at a place that will train you better and have a assigned mentor to help you become the nurse you want to become. Some facilities unfortunately do things this way. My guess is retention is probably not good. Good luck!
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    5 shifts of orientation is absolutely ludicrous. For my new grad med/surg orientation I had 6 WEEKS and still was crazy stressed out and cried everyday, I can't fathom only 5 shifts. I'm sorry you've been so short changed
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    I too am a recent grad and just had my first week on my own...no lunch break either day and only one bathroom break (which I was grateful for). I did have a 6 week orientation, but I still feel unprepared for what I had to handle this week. I too dread each shift and find myself scanning the want ads in hopes of finding anything else!! We are a very busy unit and we have up to 6 pts on a day shift. This week we were short staffed on PCA's and we had to be total care...luckily they only gave me four pt's for this but total care on our very sick pt.'s is pretty crazy for this newly licensed nurse. It is not what I expected. There is no pt. centered care, it is task centered care. I spend so much time documenting what I documented that I feel I am not able to really care for my pt's.

    You are not alone and I hear all new nurses feel this way. I only hope that it gets easier for us because we worked very hard to get here


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