Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing - page 13

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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 by myself, I was a nurse, woo... Read More


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    enlightening article, thank you for sharing....aloha~
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    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!
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    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...
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    wishing you all of you the best in all of your future endeavors...aloha~
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    Well written article. It gives a sort of reassurance to nurses everywhere that their choice of career is worth all the hard work.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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....
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    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~
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    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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