It's been four months as a new grad and thinks are going well so far. Floor is crazy busy but staff is helpful, so I'm grateful for that. Even my patients aren't that bad - medical or personality wise
The problem I've had, starting as student, is with family members who ask a lot of questions - esp if they are somehow in the medical field (doc, nurse, whatever). As a new nurse - I'm still learning things every single shift, asking A LOT of questions myself, and generally feel like I'm overwhelmed with information and things that I have YET to learn.
I hate looking stupid in from of family members/pts when they ask me questions that I don't know. I say "I'm not sure right now, but I'll look it up
". Some are OK with that but others keep on asking questions - saying "Well, why not?"
etc. This mostly happens at the beginning of the shift when the only information I know about the patient is from report - I don't have a chance two look at the chart, sometimes until around noon.
I know that even nurses who work 20+ years, don't know everything and are still learning stuff themselves - however, my questions is how to look professional while still saying "Gosh darn, I have no idea".
And speaking of incessant questions - how do you handle docs who main purpose is questioning to death just to see how much you know and pounce on you the moment you say "I don't know".
One day I am going to snap and say "Listen buddy, you are the one who went to school for ten years to learn to diagnose and treat. Now go do your job and leave me the heck alone to do mine!".