What difficulties are you facing?

  1. Hi all! I'm a grad of 6 months standing... almost.

    I'm interested in what people are finding hardest about their graduate year.
    I haven't found it difficult to adjust to shiftwork or other practical issues; I'm finding the big guilt trip of "I didn't get everything done - I'm a bad nurse..." the worst part. It's not the nurses I work with - everyone's very understanding - but the personal pressure to prove I'm a "real nurse"

    I'm reliably informed that this is normal, however, so I won't get uptight about it... until next time...
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Josefin
    I find the work manager-part most difficult. Many of the LPNn and nurses assistants have worked in my unit for many many years and think that they knows everything best. Its hard to come as a newly graduated nurse and be expected to manage tha whole unit. We are only one nurse in weekends and eavnings and then you really are expected to handle it all...
  4. by   TNRN
    I have known all through school that my weakness was in delegation. I like being "liked" and sometimes when I have to delegate tasks to someone (a LPN or CNA) who has more experience, I get uncomfortable especially when I meet with resistance and bad attitudes. I am glad that I work in a ICU because I experience this dilemma less often than I would on a med-surg floor.
  5. by   meownsmile
    Although i have just started in my new capacity at my old hospital, i think the hardest part so far has been the other employees adjusting to my new capacity. Strangly enough i havent had much problem with any of the NA's or LPN's it is the newer RN's. Some of which i helped train when i was a LPN and they had just got out of school. Time will tell i guess.
  6. by   joyrochelle
    I guess ( me being the hard headed scorpio) I have the hardest time when some of the younger snotty RN's take me for granted, like assuming that even though I have had a patient for a 12 hour shift, for some reason I can't give report to oncoming RN's. That happened once, and boy was I burned. Nevertheless she is a day rn and I am now MN, and I have learned to be more assertive about it. So better for me anyway!!!
  7. by   Neon8
    I did a 6 month long stint as an RN extern last year. It wasn't very fun. For one thing the CNA's refused to be delegated to by me. After receiving an icy glare and a flat out "no", I stopped asking. Long time employees seem to get a lot of satisfaction in seeing a new person flounder. This is just how it is with any new job, it seems. At least that is the way it is there. You go through hell for a time. Employees act like you are totally stupid or from Mars.
  8. by   NancyRN
    I get a headache an hour before shift change just thinking about giving report. Many nurses use this opportunity to make a new nurse feel inadequate by asking for tiny details. Sometimes I'll just read the entire chart to these types until their eyes begin to glaze over...haha.
  9. by   GPatty
    I'm worried about the delegating thing too. I'll be graduating in a couple of weeks, and working at a LTCF where I've worked as an aide. And I KNOW some of those aides WILL NOT listen to me when and if I ask them to do something!
    I'm not a very assertive person when it comes to things like that.
  10. by   JimboRN
    I am glad to hear that I am not the only one having some challenges from the more experienced nurses. Recently I have been getting comments from my preceptors that I am spending too much time with my patients (even though there was nothing else going on in the dept). And although I have only been on the floor for 2.5 months it seems like they are expecting me to be like them. I have been frustrated to say the least. I will keep plugging though as it is common knowledge that nurses tend to eat their young.

    More to follow ... )

    jimbo
  11. by   pyhllm
    Though i haven't worked as RN yet in ward, when i was having clinical attachment in ward, i felt the same with Jimbo that the nurse didn't expect us to spend "too much time" on patients even nothing's special in ward! For me, the difficulty that i have to deal with after working as a nurse in hospital is, how to establish a good interpersonal relationship with staff in that ward, as well as how to finish all my duty ON TIME!
  12. by   missichic
    I completed a BSN program in May 2001, and entered an Acute Care Specialties Internship at a large, urban teaching hospital in September 2001. I was hired as a staff nurse on a Progressive Cardiac Care/Telemetry floor and started my orientation.

    My orientation was unstructured, and basically set up for failure. I did well in the internship program, but I quickly discovered that the "system" was very difficult to navigate, and very hostile.

    Two months after I started the internship program, my hospital went on strike. I became immersed and involved in the political aspects of nursing much sooner than I had anticipated. Most of us expected the strike to last a week or two, but we ended up being on strike December through February, a full 56 days.

    I am now the only new grad to have stayed throughout all this chaos and turmoil. Everyone else quit during or shortly after the strike. At 23, I am also the youngest RN by far, and I am longing for a staff with at least a few more 20-something staff. Unfortunately, age is no guarantee of professionalism......

    Advice? Comments? Thanks.
  13. by   ntigrad
    WoW! I am a PN student and have no advice for you. I just want you to know that it takes a big person to do what you did. I have never been involved in a strike or the "politics" as you put it, but I would hope that I would do the same. Don't know what the strike was all about, but I hope your hospital will admire you for sticking with them, not to mention the patients that needed you. I know money is a big issue (if that was it) but sometimes I think we just need to take care of the sick people. That's what we're here for anyway. The best to you!
    Jill

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