Some of you may remember me when I posted last month about my new job as a new grad on a very busy floor. Well, it got worse for me. On my 3rd day, I got a new preceptor (not by choice, I ended up having 5 different ones) and one of my patient's needed blood. Preceptor asked me if I ever gave blood, which my response was "No". We got the blood together, verified the blood and patient together, then she handed me the blood bag, saline bag, tubing, and said "I'll be out at the desk if you need me" WHAT THE ???? I said "UH, NO, you are going in with me, I said I have NOT given blood before". She was annoyed and went in with me. There were so many other times that I was pretty much left hanging. I felt like I was bugging my preceptors when i asked questions. I still asked though, that's how you learn. The floor was so busy, and when giving assignments, the charge nurse would NEVER take into account the acuity of the patients. So, for 3 weeks, I had almost all the high acuity patients and I could NOT get caught up. I would drive to work, think about it, my stomach in knots, by the time I got to work, I would have to walk very quickly to the bathroom so that I could either have diarrhea or dry heaves. I was miserable, they wanted me off orientation in 4 weeks, of which I was just starting my 4 weeks. I was so upset and sick that I finally just had enough. There were so many other instances that I haven't mentioned here because I'd be writing a book if I did....LOL
Anyway, I resigned my position. AND within 15 min. I got a phone call from a much smaller hospital that I had interviewed with before I got this other job, and they offered me a position with the same hours. I took it and start in a week!!! The nurse to patient ratio is much smaller, the acuity is much less and I think I will learn better and have time to breathe in between.
I so think that new grads are left to fend for themselves way too often and are thought of as "stupid" at times by other nurses. I do believe nurses eat their young, some of them. I think new grads need much more time than 4 to 6 weeks of orientation. Nursing school
is a foundation, and we don't know everything contrary to alot of nurses beliefs. We are NEW grads, that means NEW nurses. You all were at one time. Give us a break out there and be patient with us. We are learning and we are YOUR future caregivers! I think people forget that aspect. We are the ones who will take care of you when you are older and ill, don't you want us trained properly???
Just a thought...
Sep 7, '06
Your situation sounds just like mine. I graduated nursing school
in May, took boards in June and started my new job in July. I started at a busy busy big city hospital on a renal floor. I did all of my clinicals and worked at a much smaller hospital (where I originally was dying to work at once I graduated). Unfortunately, I lived a little over an hour away from the smaller hospital and decided to stick to something closer. Well, I started in July and HATED IT!!!! I was MISERABLE. My poor husband could barely live with me because I was crying all the time and waking up having panic attacks. I told myself everyday that I wanted to quit nursing for good. The floor was WAY too busy. I personally don't think they should have hired new grads, only experienced nurses. The acuity of the patients were through the roof and after a couple of days with my preceptor shes wanting to give me three patients on my own. Now at the smaller hospital with less acute patients, I could do that (plus I've worked there and knew the system). I said no way. The orientation program was not impressive and the place is so busy they're anxious to get new grads out of orientation and on the floor. So fortunately my floor manager was wonderful and allowed me to leave, she even said in the future if I decided to come back her door was open... what a relief.
So, make a long story short, I've sucked it up and decided to take the hour or so drive to the smaller hospital that I used to work at and where my heart's at. I have an interview on Tuesday with the nurse manager of the floor where I was an extern. She said I have a day position waiting for me there, I just have to formally interview first. You have to do what makes you HAPPY! I refuse to be stuck in some job where I'm miserable! I'd rather drive over an hour and love my job than drive ten minutes and be miserable. You gotta go where your heart is and where you can dedicate yourself. I'm proud of you RNLIsa for taking a stand and leaving, its tough, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
llg- that's great advice! I think I was guilty of not taking a lot of things into consideration and asking the right questions before accepting the position. I now learned a valuable lesson!
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to share my similar story... Good luck with the new job!!!
Last edit by tamari07 on Sep 7, '06