Just finished first year... asked to redo orientation - page 2

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I just completed my first year on my floor and I like working as nurse. I like the hours, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my patients, I get along with my coworkers and I thought I was doing better. All through nursing school, I felt... Read More


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    I think waiting a yearknow that they aren't happy with your performance is wrong. I think you need to prepare yourself that they may let you go......What you may need a good brain sheet.......here are a few.

    mtpmedsurg.doc 1 patient float.doc‎
    5 pt. shift.doc‎
    finalgraduateshiftreport.doc‎
    horshiftsheet.doc‎
    report sheet.doc‎
    day sheet 2 doc.doc

    critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students
    student clinical report sheet for one patient

    I made some for nursing students/nurses here for AN use and some other an members have made these for others.....adapt them way you want. i hope they help.
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    Hmm - I know that according to TOS, we have to avoid any type of 'medical advice', but the sx that OP describes are not similar to my experience with offspring (dx with ADHD)... hint... the "H" is for hyperactivity! definitely not fatigue.

    If you thought you were 'home free' after orientation and were blind-sided with the news - needing to repeat orientation - this is really unfair & uncalled for. You should have had feedback along the way rather than waiting to the end to drop the whammy.

    Best of luck to you. Keep us posted on your progress
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    It's not medical advice to recommend that neuropsych eval. Call your psychologist and tell him/her that you can't wait until February, and why, and beg for an earlier appt with the neuropsych. These specialists are extremely helpful about pinpointing deficits and suggesting compensatory actions/meds-- you owe it to yourself to clear this up stat. If your insurance balks or won't pay for it, pay for it yourself and when you get a specific dx, you can use it to get reimbursed. You really don't have any time to waste here.
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    In case anyone was interested to hear how this story ended... here is the tale. I continued to be hazed and bullied on my unit (not that I was perfect in my practice... far from it) until I had finally had enough. I pulled my managment aside and said "I have had enough of you guys pushing me around and only telling me what a bad nurse I am; I don't expect you to not hold me accountable for my mistakes but I do expect to be treated with some respect". They argued, so I stood up and said "okay, thank you so much for the job, I have loved working here by I resign. I can be gone in two weeks". Suddenly they sprang up and said "well wait! don't do anything rash" so we sat down and I got them to agree to back off me.

    The next day, Noticed something just wasn't right with my patient so I went to my charge nurse (one of my manager nurses who was bullying me) and her words were "oh, don't worry about it, she is probaly faking". So i went over her head to the doctor and, one thing lead to another, we got a stat CT and the pt was having a hemmoragic stroke. My management actually appologized to me after that.

    In the end, I ended up changing units and I now work in Peds. I am still developing and have a long way to go but I am able to think much clearly when I am not under constant stress and negative feedback.
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    I have had the same experience as you with the brain fog and fatigue. After years of trying everything I figured out that it was my diet. When I eat lots of carbs and bad ones at that I am exhausted. When I limit the simple carbs and eat more pure protien like chicken fish and red meat I have tons of energy. I am not a skinny girl and I enjoy food a lot, I don't rule anything out! But diet is definitly the key to my energy and thinking. Just my experience and something to think about. Also, excellent job standing up for yourself and finding a different niche!
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    OP, from your original posting you stated you got along with your coworkers. And the truth was you were being bullied at work. That environment alone would cause added stress and anxiety making it difficult to function. Happy that you were able to move to a different unit and apparently the better environment helped to lessen the "brain fog."

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    People on my unit were very friendly and liked me on a personal level but I had a few people who were really making things hard for me behind my back. It was one of my proudest moments finally standing up to them because, in the end, I was never a bad nurse. I just needed to have people believe in me and build me up a little bit.

    One thing that really helped my brain fog was starting a whole food smoothie regimen in the morning. I wake up and blend together Avacado, greens, fruit and chia seeds and drink it down at work. It really helped to improve my mental clarity. I do need to start cutting out simple carbs and eat more protien though.
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    People on my unit were very friendly and liked me on a personal level but I had a few people who were really making things hard for me behind my back. It was one of my proudest moments finally standing up to them because, in the end, I was never a bad nurse. I just needed to have people believe in me and build me up a little bit.

    One thing that really helped my brain fog was starting a whole food smoothie regimen in the morning. I wake up and blend together Avacado, greens, fruit and chia seeds and drink it down at work. It really helped to improve my mental clarity. I do need to start cutting out simple carbs and eat more protien though.


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