I'll tell my story quickly and get down to my real question.*I was hired as a newly*graduated nurse to a MedSurg floor about 25 minutes away from my apartment. I was ecstatic to have finally found a new job. That excitement quickly transformed into terror as I realized what I had got myself into... Now, I am generally a glass half-full kind of guy and I like to stay positive about any situation but, the situation on this floor is nothing but terrible. Apparently, 11 or so seasoned, veteran nurses had quit right before I was hired in some sort of mass exodus. The disgruntlement apparently had to do with management and their lack of listening to floor nurses.*The day I stepped foot and my managers office for a job interview
I was promised a patient ratio of 4 to 5 patients per shift. I was also told that the floor was a great place to work and there was very little*drama and everyone got along very well. During my first weeks I realized that this was not completely true. It turns out, patient*ratio is actually more like 5 to 6... and 6 more often. Also, every nurse seems to have a huge issue with management not listening to their concerns regarding this high patient load. This was evident to me during the first couple weeks when we were required to go to a team building activity outside of work and learn how to work together... This was clearly not the solution to the problem- teamwork is awesome on our floor, it has to be for any of us to survive a day.*The solution is obvious, hire more nurses!I have pretty much decided I do not want to be a part of this floor anymore. It has only been four months but, I am ready to leave already. I do not feel safe on this floor and feel like a lawsuit is just waiting to happen. No one has time to think.*And being a new nurse, this is not the learning conducive environment I want to be apart of. I want a floor where I have time to think about the decisions I am making as a new nurse and learn from them.*The good news is that I have already been offered a new job on a behavioral mental health floor, which was my favorite subject and nursing school.*I just feel so awful for leaving a job so quickly. Is that normal? My preceptors were great people who spent a great deal of time training me and now I am leaving already... giving my two week notice is going to be rough!Just looking for some perspective in all of this! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.