Well, first off I have to say I'm very lucky to have a job. I'm new grad in California and I just got hired about 5 months ago as a float. I started working at the "easy department's" first postpartum, peds and ICN. Over all I was organized and happy, sometimse I would get a little behind in my work but not much. It was a more easier learning environment. Now I'm on a med-surg tele unit at a county hospital, and Im struggling to keep up, every day I'm behind 1-2 hours in charting. Most of the nurses don't really help me or are just as busy as me so they just don't have time; Since I'm a float I don't really fit in with the normal staff because I'm not one them. It is so frustrating I honestly feel like just giving up! I work the hardest shifts to 15-1130pm and most the other nurses work 12 hours, and I feel like I have the harder patients. I feel like I'm unorganized I will start off good and next thing I know I got 2 Dc and one admission and to pt.s going bad on me, and Residents writing like 20 new orders. I never take a lunch, sometimes they will ask me to work doubles and I will just to get caught up, and then I'm still not even coaught up. The other nurses say I will find my rhythm, but it doesn't feel like it. Last night I was so behind I did not even take my last four vitals and get to changing one my inc pt.s I had a pt. fall, blood transfusion, & so much more, I almost cried on the floor. Ugh!! I really feel like I'm loosing my mind! I need help finding my rountine and staying organised and calm!
The facility is the one at fault here.It is not prudent or effective to start a new grad in a float position.
Why are you taking your own vitals? Is this a total patient care setting?
You may very well BE getting a harder assignment as a float. Scrutinize this for a week, start DOCUMENTING all assignments by acuity. If this is true, take your documentation to management.
Keep us posted.
Last edit by Been there,done that on Jan 5, '12
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