So despite my happy face in my intro, I'm actually rather upset at the moment. After searching relentlessly for a job for 6 months, I moved to a new area and found one at a small local hospital that is an affiliate of a larger one. I was thrilled. It is a medsurg/er position (float to er when needed). I was excited!I was told in my initial interview that I would be given atleast 4 weeks of orientation and then we would go from there if I felt I needed more. They also said they had never hired a new grad but i seemed mature (im freshly 21). They portrayed the staff to be a family, which sounded kind of nice. Being both excited and desperate, I accepted. The first day wasn't bad although my director made a nasty remark about my scrub top being too tight which hurt my feelings. I didn't wear it again. I'm off subject though. So I had a great preceptor. She was nice and a great caring nurse. Day one ended up going well. Day 2 they sent my preceptor home at 3 and had a "charge nurse" who does only paperwork for the hospital I think come in. I did the pt care alone. To cut it shorter, I ended up having only 9 days (3 weeks) of orientation before my director told my preceptor not to show up at all. I was alone with 7 pts, 6 of the on telemetry, 2 total care, 1 with a coma score of 5-and the only other staff on the floor was a cna who wouldn't do what I asked and left the hospital twice on the clock to go to town. I was overwhelmed so much but didn't even have time to cry. My preceptor had been in the er as my director had told her to be and came back to help me once the director left. I stayed until 9pm with not even a single break. So without further adue, I don't feel this is an appropriate environment for a new nurse. After 3 weeks of on/off orientation, I'm not ready to be the only licensed nurse on the entire floor. Fellow nurses not at the facility have told me to run, it's not worth losing my license. But I may not find another job for months and I have bills I can't pay. And I can't transfer to the big hospital in the system until after a year. I know the first year will probably be the most stressful, but this seems to go beyond stress into unsafe, which I feel is a priority, especially in nursingAdvice would be much appreciated. -frazzled and confused, RN
Jan 7, '12
Talk to someone first before you quit.
EDs are always hectic but you can't be down there if you don't have experience. And you are jeapordising your license.
Also talk to your nurses board, they may be able to offer you some advice.
And you are only 21 - despite what the 'mature' young people on here think, you do not have the experience or maturity to handle very difficult and sensitive situations.
If the **** hits the fan, they will get rid of you quicker than an explosion of diarrhoea, and you WILL be prosecuted.
The hospital is probably trying to save money as well by not having a preceptor &
that is NOT your problem, it's theirs.
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