I realized today that nursing school
taught me about 1 /100000 of what I need to know to be the nurse that I want to be. I left feeling inadequate today. I know it'll take time but I sure wish I could be like the other nurses on the floor who make it all look so easy. I am still on orientation so I know I can't be that hard on myself. Today I still only took a fifteen minute break and left fifteen minutes late and that was only with two patients!!! Well, tomorrow I want to ask to only have one but I am not sure if that'll make me look bad. I just want to have one patient, maybe more acute but that I can actually think through everything I do to understand it. I feel like I am learning a lot skill wise but am having a hard time understanding everything from start to finish. Ahh, its so much fun!
Mar 6, '07
It does get better. I'm 6 mos. into my first job & here's an example to give you hope...
I had 6 very high acuity pts yesterday & it was crazy to say the least! 4 out of 6 were vent pts, 2 got moved, but I still had them on my assignment. I had 2 in isolation, lost 2 IV lines, one kept bradying down into the 40's, 3 had extensive wound care, only 1 had po meds...the rest were crushed & put through g-tubes, multiple piggy back's & 2 stat meds, 3 had scheduled narcs (if you knew our set up for that, you'd go
!). I didn't get any assessments charted until after 2:00 (which I don't like doing it that way, but...) I didn't get report til 8:00 & didn't get going til 8:30. I had no lunch & one pee break. I was surprised that I managed to have everything done by 10 min after 7 & clocked out at 7:45.
Anyway, the time management thing will come & you will begin to find something of a comfort zone. Just keep the faith & know that you CAN do this!!!! All my best to you! :icon_hug:
Last edit by hlfpnt on Mar 6, '07