New Grad RN Angst - page 2

by danigold

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Today is my day off after working three days in a row. However, my eyes popped open at 0530 and would not close again. My brain immediately went into review mode. Shoot! I forgot to give that detail in report! Did I do... Read More


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    That was so me when I first started, the constant replays!! The only difference in my brainsheets is I would divide my piece of paper into 1/4's so I could capture 4 patients per side of paper, so I would have report sheet big enough for 8 pts on 1 sheet. This way I could keep this 1 sheet of paper in my scrub top pocket. I would just put basics on it..room, name, allergies, dx, procedures for the day, critical lows and highs and key labs for the day, times meds due, etc. BASICS, things to prompt me throughout the day and to give a good report. My preceptor taught me this and it really helped me out. It helped me from feeling like I had to check and double check constantly. It was also a nice way to keep track of questions i had for MDs as they came through during the day. They would often be there for a moment, so I had to have everything organized to grab them quickly before they left! Brain sheets are KEY, they help so much b/c once everything is check off, you know everything has been completed. Good luck to you!!
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    I've been reading these posts with great interest because I'm thinking about applying for the RN program. I've been a dental hygienist for the past 20 yrs but the market is overrun with unemployed or under-employed RDHs. I can't even get a call back, let alone an interview. Oh sure, I could work for a clinic but they're basically factories & I would burn out fast. There's something about pushing unnecessary dental work & pricy gadgets for a commission that goes against my ethics. I figured with my A.S. degree I could go for nursing but I do have my doubts. It sounds like a snakepit out there. How are the RN opportunities, esp for new grads, Tampa Bay area in FL? Any responses will be appreciated.
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    WOW!! thanks so much for writing this. As a new nurse, I can totally relate to the constant worry, stress that Im not competent. I always feel Im missing something, did I give every detail in report, did I document correctly.. Oh the list goes on and on...
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    Thank you for sharing this!
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    I am in a very similar situation. I had another career for 20 years before switching to nursing. In my other life, I felt competent, even something of an expert. Now, gone. This post and the comments sum up my feelings completely. There are days when I kind of feel like I am getting it together, and then days where I'm there until 9pm trying to finish charting and getting attitude from the night shift because I couldn't get to something. My problem though is I think I spend too much time with my patients. My patients love me, at least that's what my director says, but I never get out on time. Looking forward to the day when I truly have it together.
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    Why did you leave your former career? Bored? Fired? Pursueing a passion? I've always admired the competence & dedication of hard working nurses but never wanted to be one myself. I love being a RDH because of the normal work days & hrs AND I feel very competent with my skills. My patients love me due to my gentle but very thorough cleanings. But, I lost 1 of my jobs which leaves me working only 1 day a week. I can't afford to live on that & I'm too young to retire (53). This has lead to me think I should go for RN although the thought of working in a hospital terrifies me. All I read about is the chronic overload of work, understaffing & other issues......enough stress to cause RNs try cry in dispair & regret ever becoming one. YIKES! What about working in a small private office, clinic, surgery center, etc? Is the stress level more managable? But is it hard to get in a place like that? Please give me some insight.
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    I know it is difficult,not only have I been through it, I continue to witness it. I would try to STOP worrying so much as that will get you nowhere and drain your energy. Everytime you start to ruminate or worry about something literally do some thought stopping in your mind. Replace it with what i could have done differently?....what did I need to look up or or study?.....Can I fix my worksheet so I will be more organized? Then do it and let it go! You have what it takes to be a success and if you continue to learn and substitute education and learning and a plan instead or worring you will do just fine!
    Bunny57 likes this.
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    5 stepdown patients? Nights? What is the CNA to patient ratio?

    5 seems like a lot when I see most places around here 1:4 to 1:8 for floor patients and 1:3 to 1:4 for stepdown! (with 1:8-1:12 CNA)
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    I feel the same way!
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    I felt exactly the same way six months into my career, and sometimes, to be honest, I still feel that way. I feel that way without the crying and the dread of feeling completely overwhelmed, but sometimes I still go home and wonder what more I could have done. Then I think, "You know what? I only peed once this shift and ate my lunch in 5 minutes. If that's not giving it my all, I don't know what is." Something that helped me realize how far I'd come: when the fresh new grads start rolling in. You've been a nurse six months... assuming you got a job fairly quickly after graduating, the graduates from December will starting working. There is a satisfaction when you're able to answer their questions, after all, you have six months more experience than they have! You will see how they may depend on your expertise and it makes you feel like you actually know something.

    It sounds like you're doing a great job. Never stop asking questions or wondering if you can be better. I think that's what makes you a fantastic nurse - you will always strive for excellence. Your patients are very lucky.
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