I am 3 weeks into my floor orientation, and I am just so discouraged. I did really well in school, but working is so different. At least I got constant affirmation in school because of regular tests. I have a few different preceptors, and I feel they are just frustrated with me. The hardest thing is keeping up with all the paperwork and forms, and unless someone points that stuff out to me, I won't just know that there is this form in the 3rd drawer of the file cabinet that needs to be filled out whenever X needs to be done. I am also struggling with adjusting to the patient load and constantly getting called on my portable phone to jump and do something else when I am in the middle of something. I guess I need to prioritize what is most urgent, but everything seems to be urgent. I really enjoy patient teaching, but it seems there is little time for that and many people just blow that off. In order to do everything I need to do, something has to give, and I hate that patient teaching is probably the first thing to go. I am not allowed to clock any overtime during orientation, and I am scheduled for two twelve hour days and two eight hour days during orientation while everyone on the floor works 12 hour shifts. That means I HAVE to leave after 8 1/2 hours two days a week, but sometimes I don't finish what needs to be done and I have to hand it over to my preceptor. Today I got an opportunity to learn to do something I haven't done yet and was supposed to know by the end of this week, but it came near the end of my shift and I didn't get all my patients assessed and needed my preceptor to finish. I felt she was very disappointed in me and/or that she thinks I am incompetent. I just cried and cried in the car. I have heard it takes a year to feel comfortable, but that seems like a lot of stress in the next year. School was plenty of stress (but at least I did really well at that), and now I feel like I am out of the frying pan and into the fire. Wal-Mart is looking better and better all the time.