Forced to be in charge before I'm ready. - page 3

by cherubhipster 3,563 Views | 21 Comments

Hello friends, I've been working in my psych unit for all of 5 months. I've been a nurse for a year and a half, and this is my first hospital position. Despite my protesting to my manager that I am not ready to be in charge,... Read More


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    Quote from cherubhipster
    oh! That 3 years is including nursing school. I guess I shouldn't count that?

    Orientation- two days shadowing another charge. That's it.
    I've never heard of nursing school counting as experience, but things have changed. I've seen posts where people use their clinical rotations as experience.
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    Many years ago, I had a class on the balloon pump, and was reassured that I would have 2-3 shifts of hands-on orientation before I would be 'allowed' to do this on my own.

    THE NEXT NIGHT, I came into work and was the only in-house RN in the unit. Yup, you guessed it, they could not assign the balloon pump patient to an agency nurse. Oh, and by the way, I was in charge, too!!! Spent the entire night with my heart racing, scared to death.

    I survived, and the patient made it through the night.

    You will be fine.


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