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Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing - page 10

January-I was thrilled to have my dream job in a Newborn ICU, I was making cold hard cash. I had an awesome preceptor for orientation. I was signing my name with RN behind it, I was giving meds all... Read More

  1. Visit  hkk1895 profile page
    I will be graduating in August and stepping on the rollercoaster. I love this article and will be printing out copies to share at clinical tonight. Thanks.
  2. Visit  MARA0523 profile page
    Thank you so much for your article. I am now into my 3rd month as a new nurse and school did not prepare me for reality. I am currently having thoughts of quiting and running back to the safe office job I had. How do I make it through? I am now dreading going into work. I wanted to so badly to become a nurse and felt that it was what I was truly meant to do but lately I have been filled with so much doubt. I feel that not only is there time needed for patient care but all the charting that comes along with it. I worry so much about missing charting something that I feel that I am not able to provide the time needed for patient care. How do you do all that? I always feel like I have to rush and then I set out to be there for my patients and then you get 2 more admissions!!! And more charting!!!! How do I get past this feeling? I am not a quitter, I worked too hard to get here and now I have this big mountain to climb over and I feel like running away...
  3. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
    Quote from MARA0523
    Thank you so much for your article. I am now into my 3rd month as a new nurse and school did not prepare me for reality. I am currently having thoughts of quiting and running back to the safe office job I had. How do I make it through? I am now dreading going into work. I wanted to so badly to become a nurse and felt that it was what I was truly meant to do but lately I have been filled with so much doubt. I feel that not only is there time needed for patient care but all the charting that comes along with it. I worry so much about missing charting something that I feel that I am not able to provide the time needed for patient care. How do you do all that? I always feel like I have to rush and then I set out to be there for my patients and then you get 2 more admissions!!! And more charting!!!! How do I get past this feeling? I am not a quitter, I worked too hard to get here and now I have this big mountain to climb over and I feel like running away...
    do you still have a preceptor or mentor?

    I would do all you can to make it for a year. and meanwhile look at other jobs in nursing you could be interested in. I'm not surprised that it is difficult but I am surprised that new nurses get such a jolt of reality, how come they aren't prepared better by their schools? I am so sorry you are struggling!

    you could also check out your EAP (counseling) which is usually paid for by the facility where you work. they might be able to help you figure out survival strategies and/or a plan ..

    xo
  4. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
    enlightening article, thank you for sharing....aloha~
  5. Visit  MARA0523 profile page
    Thank you for your reply. I had a preceptor and I have been on my own for 4 days now. The nurses on my floor are great and I am always asking questions and they have been very helpful. This past Saturday was awful, the charting system was offline for the duration of my shift and nobody knew the procedure for paper charting. I felt so alone and then trying to be there for my patients. It just broke me. I am having to switch nights to days and days to nights. I stayed up for 24 hours yesterday just to get ready to work this morning at 7. Good thing I was cancelled and now I am trying to re-gather myself. It is just very hard, you know. But they do have EAP and I have a call into them. But you are right about schools not preparing us for the harshness of reality, they prepare us for the NCLEX but this is certainly much harder!
  6. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
    Quote from MARA0523
    Thank you for your reply. I had a preceptor and I have been on my own for 4 days now.
    I wonder if they'd let you go back to having a preceptor. Also one thing that helped me was staying on just nights until I could get a day or evening position (maybe a different unit?). Working nights is not great for those of us with mental health issues, but personally I found it better than switching back and forth! I mostly did nights for several years. It helped me with sleep, it was not so busy and there were fewer people around to disrupt my "flow." ie, patients leaving the floor for PT, drs visits, head nurses and supervisors standing over me (sorry supervisors) etc.

    Just some thoughts and none of them may work but I'd hate to see you leave already.

    I think too if you read the other posts before mine you will find something helpful. I am sure that *I* posted earlier than this - I probably had totally different feed back than today, haha...
  7. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
    wishing you all of you the best in all of your future endeavors...aloha~
  8. Visit  amygarside profile page
    Well written article. It gives a sort of reassurance to nurses everywhere that their choice of career is worth all the hard work.
  9. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
    Quote from amygarside
    well written article. it gives a sort of reassurance to nurses everywhere that their choice of career is worth all the hard work.
    i agree with you, however, one shouldn't forget to add perseverance, patience, faith, and excellent work ethics, among several other characteristics in order to succeed in my beloved career.
  10. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
    Quote from gitanorn
    i agree with you, however, one shouldn't forget to add perseverance, patience, faith, and excellent work ethics, among several other characteristics in order to succeed in my beloved career.

    that's right! good points!
  11. Visit  Nurse Hooloovoo profile page
    Thank you for this article. Tomorrow will be only my second day on my own as a new grad nurse. I'm on dayshift, which helps a lot with my sleep schedule, but my hospital has been trying to cut expenses and wants *everybody* out exactly by 19:30; I'm still so slow! Really hoping I can get the hang of this soon. I don't want to get written up....
  12. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
    Quote from nurse hooloovoo
    thank you for this article. tomorrow will be only my second day on my own as a new grad nurse. i'm on dayshift, which helps a lot with my sleep schedule, but my hospital has been trying to cut expenses and wants *everybody* out exactly by 19:30; i'm still so slow! really hoping i can get the hang of this soon. i don't want to get written up....
    first of all, don't be so hard on yourself if it's just your 2nd. time on your own. on the other hand try to emulate those nurses that seem to finished their work on time or those seasoned nurses this will give you an idea on how to manage your time & priority. wishing you the best always as i send you a hug from across the miles.... aloha~
  13. Visit  nstudent16 profile page
    quote from nurse hooloovoo
    thank you for this article. tomorrow will be only my second day on my own as a new grad nurse. i'm on dayshift, which helps a lot with my sleep schedule, but my hospital has been trying to cut expenses and wants *everybody* out exactly by 19:30; i'm still so slow! really hoping i can get the hang of this soon. i don't want to get written up....
    first of all, don't be so hard on yourself if it's just your 2nd. time on your own. on the other hand try to emulate those nurses that seem to finished their work on time or those seasoned nurses this will give you an idea on how to manage your time & priority. wishing you the best always as i send you a hug from across the miles.... aloha~

    nurse hooloovoo, it's only your 2nd day on your own. you're still like a bird fallen from the nest! i'm sorry that you're in a hospital that is pushing the day shift out at a certain time...often times a good nurse has to take the time to take care of the patients and wait until the end of the shift to stay late to document. every shift has it +s and -s and in my limited experience day shift is the "med-pass shift".

    i agree with gitanorn that you should talk to the seasoned nurses on how to manage your time, but please don't try to emulate those nurses who seem to finish their work on time....in my experience good seasoned nurses usually leave late. the nurses that get out on time on a regular basis put documentation before patient care. you are going to be slow for a while, and that is ok!!! better safe than sorry

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