WEll, I got through my first week in outpatient Endoscopy. Over all, I think it went well. I worked with a preceptor, and frequently invited critism, correction, suggestions, etc. She didn't really give any negative comments....just said I need to "find my groove".
Everyone on the unit was really nice, and helpful. My first 2 weeks are supposed to be in "admit", then 2 in recovery, and four in "the room". My manager told me I would have at least 3 months orientation, so I don't know what the other month will entail. I guess it depends on how I do.
I took a lot of notes the first day, and observed mostly. By the third and fourth day, I was doing most of the admit procedures, including starting IVs (I need a lot of improvement on that) by myself, with preceptor watching. Yesterday, I worked mostly by myself, because we were short staffed and my preceptor had to work in a procedure room. The other nurses were very patient with my lack of speed. They helped when they could.
All things considered, I think I will like this unit. I just hope I can get good at it. I am very intimidated by "the room". I've never done sedation, and the pace is much more stressed than the other two areas, from what I see. I was told when i interviewed that the unit could do as many as 70 cases/day; but last week we only did about 35 or so/day. I'm glad it was slower, so I could have more time to learn.
Thanks for "listening"....still would welcome any suggestions from experienced endo nurses