Just need a hug.. Anyone else?? - page 2

Hey everyone - just feeling like I need hugs today; so I'm asking for them and sending them out to anyone else who feels like they need them. :icon_hug: The whole new nursing role just seems to... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug:
  2. by   Beary-nice
    Hugs from CATTLE COUNTRY! :icon_hug:
  3. by   busyernurse
    Hey everyone -- To healer27, you read my mind!! The past few weeks have been really crappy, to say the least. Due to stress levels, I have been in the ER for the doc to adjust my bp meds, been runing about 190-210 over 110-120. Scary to say the least, because this is a new condition, and I am a non-smokerr, and not overweight.

    And to top it all off, I did something incredibly stupid about a month ago at work and had a positive drug screen. So now I'm unemployed, and looking at being in the recovering nurse program. It takes only a second of bad judgement to really screw up something and an ETERNITY to repair the damage!

    Anyway, I know I'm rambling, but I sure do need a hug right now. Hugs to all you guys out there, and I sure am glad that this site is here for all of us.

    Anne
  4. by   psalm
    Quote from bigmona
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    i am in desperate need of hugs and understanding... ever since i've been off orientation i feel like i've been thrown to the wolves. very first night on my own i had a patient die (my first experience with that)- and since then the drama hasn't stopped. i'm always the first one hit with an admission, usually right after getting report at shift change...one nurse said i was "making it up" that i'm getting more difficult assignments because i'm new and another told me, "you're at the bottom of the food chain" when i started to vent about how i'd been running my butt off all night and the other nurses were sitting watching tv and reading magazines.

    ...yeah, here's a hug and a Dr Pepper (the caffeine helps my pain!). One thing I had to learn when I was a new nurse was to ask for help sometimes. If a fellow nurse is reading a mag or watching TV and is not on his/her break, I ask if they can give a PRN for me, so the PATIENT won't have to wait for it. We are there for the pts! I have learned to offer to give a PRN or help a co-worker when my work is done. We help each other for the patients' benefit.
  5. by   healer27
    :icon_hug:You all are the best hugs to you all - I hope things improve for all of us :icon_hug:
  6. by   suzy253

    Hugzzz all around. I'm a new grad, off of orientation. Sometimes I feel good, the next time I go into work my confidence gets shot down in an instant. I'm just hanging in there the best I can.
  7. by   hlfpnt
    Many :icon_hug: to you all!!! I can relate to all of it since I'm right there with you...one day I feel confident & productive, then lost & overwhelmed the next. Just can't seem to find a consistant happy-medium! My preceptor tells me I'm doing fine & just being too hard on myself, but I just don't know! I have to be able to carry a 6 patient load & right now I'm struggling with 4...just don't see how this will happen, but the other nurses do it, so I know it can be done.
  8. by   indigo girl
    Quote from bigmona
    :icon_hug:

    i am in desperate need of hugs and understanding... ever since i've been off orientation i feel like i've been thrown to the wolves. very first night on my own i had a patient die (my first experience with that)- and since then the drama hasn't stopped. i'm always the first one hit with an admission, usually right after getting report at shift change...one nurse said i was "making it up" that i'm getting more difficult assignments because i'm new and another told me, "you're at the bottom of the food chain" when i started to vent about how i'd been running my butt off all night and the other nurses were sitting watching tv and reading magazines.
    Hello Mona,
    I've been wondering how you have been doing in Philly. Still working at that place on South St? It sounds like you are doing 12 hour shifts, 7p to 7a, which means dealing with admissions. If you could work 11 to 7, your life would probably be easier. There is also a little more comradery on that shift. Any way to switch? Also, not every unit is the same so ask around in your hospital. I'm thinking of you, and wishing you well. It will probably get better as you get more adjusted to the flow, and build alliances with other staff. If not, there are other options always.

    indigo
  9. by   LEVODEVO
    Hang in there kid,it gets better,takes a while...my first every patient in my nursing career was 2 hours dead when my shift started...the offgoing nurse tried to say he was alive at the end of her shift..but i called a code as soon as i found him(10 minutes into the shift) and he was dark bluegray and rigor mortis has set in bigtime...the offgoing nurse was reprimanded and later left the hospital.....so I figured i'm starting at the bottom so it can only get better,and it did..22 years later..I'm still proud to be a nurse...will always remember the stress and insecurity of the early years,but boy do they add up later...instincts..and you will develope tons of them will carry you thru stuff on and off the job and make a difference in hundreds in not thousands of people lives...unlike animals,nursing instincts take time and experience,so use common sense...ALWAYS ask if your not sure...we were all greenhorns once...if someone has an attitude when you ask for help,says thanks(with no attitude)and then ask someone else..so not tell the pateint or their families that you are new...sure it may show...but let them guess...it's corny but kindness wins over big time...if you show genuine care and concern,the pateint will develope trust quickly,show you respect and the good feelings this generate help you to think clearer and smarter...don;t panic....and always remember a patient judges their health and recovery on what they see on the nurses face....we are all experts at body language,we jsut don;t realize it....I've pulled out dentures covered in maggots...sucked out small fish via an ngt....pulled back covers to find partial deliveries....removed socks with the toes still in them...you'd never know it by my face....(DON;T PLAY POKER WITH ME)....I remainded calm until I hit the corner and then lost it on the first RN i came across..went back to the room and with calm and grace took care of the various situations....meds...meds...meds......always the bend in the road....no matter what to doic ordered.....is it right for that patient? ..and is it right for that patient right now? aspirin every day for afib?....almost always...rumors but no order written that the patient may have a pacer placed the next day or late in the afternoon...your job is to findout is he npo?...ask about the aspirin,cuz the docs never remember...subq heparin....hold?....allergin to sulfa drugs....getting bactrim?...big no no....big clue on sulfa drugs....around world war 2,sulfa was just about the only antibiotic until PCN,came around...sulfa drugs were over prescribed and poorly monitored...so a lot of folks in thier 70's-90's have some kind of allergy to sufla drugs...blah...blah...blah...
  10. by   suzy253
    I've had a nice 3-day reprieve. work this weekend (I work 24 hrs/week) with a charge nurse who is a real nice lady but she's a nervous wreck and not really approachable when you have a question. she just starts to freak. She also needs to retire....just biding her time. Oh well.....deep breath....relax.
  11. by   RNKay31
    OMG! I too have lots of questions, but is afraid to ask, don't want anyone to bite me, LOL
  12. by   chadash
    Now hugs I can do!
    Here comes a big hug and pat on the back for what you do!
  13. by   DolphinRN84
    Just wanted to give everyone hugs. :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug: I'll be starting my new job next week...so I'll probably be walking in your shoes the next few weeks. I'm hoping all goes well for you though. And for every one else!


    EDIT: Though I've heard a lot of good things about this hospital so hopefully I'll be ok...

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