I graduated, passed NCLEX, and landed a job in a LTC/SNF. I was so excited - and even though the first day was ROUGH... 30:1 patient ratio with 3 aides who were MIA most of the time... I was feeling okay. I had the same preceptor on that hall for 3 days and that was great.
However, now I'm orienting on a different hall and my "preceptor" sat on her butt at the nurses' station and let me pass her meds. She didn't orient me to the hall, didn't tell me that I needed to be doing focused assessments on the patients (I was just told to do meds! I obviously did assessments that went along with the meds - like vitals with meds that needed them and evaluating sedation and so forth) and then when I asked for help getting all the meds out because the end of my scheduled shift was coming, I was told to never expect to get out on time and it's "just a nursing thing." I told her that I was NOT informed of this - the shift was supposed to be a med assist shift, only 6 hours - and I'm a single mom with a 3 year old in daycare until 10:30 at night and I really can't stay any longer.
Is this normal? How do people do this? Especially single parents?! My family has all said they are only willing to be used as backup childcare and I just feel soooo guilty working 14 hour days (this is from last week when I was working "12s") and having my baby at daycare all that time. And being told that never getting out on time is just a nurse thing?! So I'm doomed to working 13 14 15 hour days?!
I'm so discouraged. I'm going to bring the issue directly to management. I don't feel safe when I don't know the procedures of the area I'm working in. I worked too hard for my license to lose it.
Sorry, I'm mainly just venting. But any words of encouragement or advice?