New nurse with job that is causing anxiety and depression - page 3

HERE IS MY STORY: I graduated in May with my BSN from a university, i was a good student..graduated with honors. I took the NCLEX in the summer and got my first job in a large hospital in december. I... Read More

  1. Visit  netglow profile page
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    Sugarcoma,

    You ARE so cool. Your advice applies to everybody! I have printed out your post, it can be something to go back and read for just about any bad job situation!
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  3. Visit  netglow profile page
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    Hospitals in some areas will not allow students to do certain things. Some schools will tell students what skills they are allowed to do in clinical, and they are also told that if they do certain other skills - no matter if a facility RN shows them how and supervises, they will be tossed out of the program, end of story. Sometimes this is an individual problem of the instructor who should not be an instructor. In school, usually it's too late when you find you have a chicken as an instructor. Very few skills will be practiced in clinical with that instructor.

    What is a student to do? Well, here is what most students try to do: inform the kind facility RN who wants to teach, of the predicament. Usually the kind facility RN will just love to foil your instructors and instantly turn into a secret agent and make sure you not only get to do that one forbidden skill, but be sure you get to participate in many other skills as well! It's a gamble you take. Just hope your instructor never finds out.
  4. Visit  chrysdamian profile page
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    Quote from netglow
    Hospitals in some areas will not allow students to do certain things. Some schools will tell students what skills they are allowed to do in clinical, and they are also told that if they do certain other skills - no matter if a facility RN shows them how and supervises, they will be tossed out of the program, end of story. Sometimes this is an individual problem of the instructor who should not be an instructor. In school, usually it's too late when you find you have a chicken as an instructor. Very few skills will be practiced in clinical with that instructor.

    What is a student to do? Well, here is what most students try to do: inform the kind facility RN who wants to teach, of the predicament. Usually the kind facility RN will just love to foil your instructors and instantly turn into a secret agent and make sure you not only get to do that one forbidden skill, but be sure you get to participate in many other skills as well! It's a gamble you take. Just hope your instructor never finds out.
    I am a new nurse and I can tell you for certain that most of my clinical sites were restrictive and limiting. We weren't allowed to pass meds at one hospital, couldn't do anything with IV's at another, no insulin at another, we were treated as free CNA help basically. It was mostly because of mistakes other nurses or nursing students had made in the past. I also had lazy instructors who were inconvenienced by us asking To be shown things and were more interested having us do concept maps then out on the floor getting our hands dirty. So needless to say, I did not get the clinical experience that is crucial but I can make a concept map that made my fellow student weep from shame and inferiority and write a paper in perfect APA format! If I were to get a job in a hospital I would need a lot of support from a preceptor. I am a little traumatized after reading all the pp.
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  5. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    Quote from chrysdamian

    I am a new nurse and I can tell you for certain that most of my clinical sites were restrictive and limiting. We weren't allowed to pass meds at one hospital, couldn't do anything with IV's at another, no insulin at another, we were treated as free CNA help basically. It was mostly because of mistakes other nurses or nursing students had made in the past. I also had lazy instructors who were inconvenienced by us asking To be shown things and were more interested having us do concept maps then out on the floor getting our hands dirty. So needless to say, I did not get the clinical experience that is crucial but I can make a concept map that made my fellow student weep from shame and inferiority and write a paper in perfect APA format! If I were to get a job in a hospital I would need a lot of support from a preceptor. I am a little traumatized after reading all the pp.
    I agree with you about clinical experience. We spent more time on paperwork than actual skills. My concept maps and papers were awesome too, but I just wish we were allowed to do more hands on stuff. I can put an IV in a dummy, no problem, but that is way different than an actual human!! I start my first job next week and I'm nervous as all get out!
  6. Visit  ktwlpn profile page
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    I'm so NOT a new nurse but I still have times in which my job causes me anxiety and depression...Actually,I'm in the middle of one of those times right now- trapped between unrealistic families who will twist your words and lie to admin about you,admin who will let the crap slide downhill so the frontline takes the blame,being blamed for things that just can not be prevented in elderly end stage demented residents.My co-workers and I have joined forces and travel in pairs for protection now.We won't talk to family members or visitors without another staff member as a witness,we do skin checks together,double and triple and quadruple check ourselves. It's defensive nursing.
    That "o,please no" feeling in the morning when the alarm rings,wondering what fresh hell awaits.Fearing making one wrong move,fearing loosing your job at any time.It's not fun,we all feel your pain.
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  7. Visit  Adele_Michal7 profile page
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    I'm so sorry that you're going through this... My only advice would be to document the things (be specific) that you feel are making it difficult for you to succeed at this job (NM attitude, absent preceptor etc) That way if you do unfortunately get terminated, you can file unemployment and have specific examples on why you shouldn't have been let go.

    And I've been where you are right now, it sucks. I got fired from my first nursing job within the three months, I was absolutely heartbroken.
  8. Visit  Lucky0220 profile page
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    Quote from ktwlpn
    I'm so NOT a new nurse but I still have times in which my job causes me anxiety and depression...Actually,I'm in the middle of one of those times right now- trapped between unrealistic families who will twist your words and lie to admin about you,admin who will let the crap slide downhill so the frontline takes the blame,being blamed for things that just can not be prevented in elderly end stage demented residents.My co-workers and I have joined forces and travel in pairs for protection now.We won't talk to family members or visitors without another staff member as a witness,we do skin checks together,double and triple and quadruple check ourselves. It's defensive nursing.
    That "o,please no" feeling in the morning when the alarm rings,wondering what fresh hell awaits.Fearing making one wrong move,fearing loosing your job at any time.It's not fun,we all feel your pain.
    Just lovely.....this is what we went into nursing for! I love that phrase.."defensive nursing". Might have to borrow it for our next staff meeting!
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