I just graduated last May and took a job in the recovery room because I knew a nurse whose wife worked there as a manager. He told me that even though they didn't usually hire new grads, she would hire me and that he thought I would really like it there. Now I started the job, it turns out everyone there hates his wife, and then she quits her job. Now there's a new person in her position who doesn't seem to like me, is not patient with me even though I am brand new, and makes me feel like I am an idiot. She makes me feel like maybe I should have started on a floor first, because there is so much that I haven't had the chance to experience yet, and they usually hire people who have worked on units anyway. I'm not too thrilled with the job, besides just this one person, and am wondering if anyone has advice. Am I missing out on some vital experience I need to get from floor nursing?
Aug 27, '02
I think you have pretty well evaluated your situation. You mention you arent to thrilled with the job. Unless you had some floor experience before you finished school I myself wouldnt want to have to go into a PACU and work. You will have to evaluate the situation and decide, just dont let it get to far away from you before you make your decision. If the new manager doesnt like new grads in her PACU, you are probly marked for scrutinization of every little detail of your work, and that will make it miserable for you after a while.
Maybe go quietly for a transfer to a unit, as your choice before any ultimatums come down the pike. Your transition to a floor unit will be much easier for you and co-workers if the idea comes from you and you arent forced into it.
Just my 2 cents.
Aug 29, '02
I personally feel that floor experience is very over-rated. I started in the ER in May, one week after graduation. Sure, working a specialty unti is hard, but you learn to manage time, follow policy, and do everything regardless. I know others dont agree with this, but if you really want to learn, you can, no matter what unit you are in. If you dont want to work the floor, DONT. Doing something that makes you miserable will just frustrate you more, and will make your co-workers resent you.
Do what your heart tells you to do. Do NOT let some high-and-mighty-manager's pissy attitude ruin what you want to do with your life. Chances are she is jealous and insecure. Don't let her rain on your parade. IF you dont like your job, transfer to somewhere else, but do it because YOU want to, not because someone is pressuring you.
Just my 2 cents
Sep 12, '02
Hey there! I can understand your situation. I started in my position as a new grad RN in the CCU at a large teaching hospital this past June. I have lucked out and am really enjoying my unit, however I was sooo unsure before I started. I knew I wanted to do CCU but the staff's rxn to a new grad is what scared me!!!
You have two choices really....to tough and out and prove yourself or to transfer to another unit. This should depend on WHAT YOUR HEART FEELS IS RIGHT!!!!! Go for what YOU want to do. I don't think that floor nursing will benefit you all that much if PACU is your thing....yes you may get some skills down, but you know what...you'll get em in PACU too.
One great thing about starting in an ICU or the PACU setting is that you have help if you needed. It is a controlled environment and you have so many more resources for you than if you were on a floor.
You need to decide what is the best situation for you. If the work environment is not right....then by all means leave. But don;t leave bc of one poor attitude!!! Go for what you want....good luck to you
Nov 17, '02
You can do it! I am a new grad, new RN in a Level2 trauma center as a new ER/Trauma RN, embrace it! jump in at every new opportunity and most of all have faith in yourself! Be confident, and kill the manager with kindness, did you have a preceptor, he or she is your resource!
Good Luck and hang in there!
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