I am a new RN working in ICU (graduated Dec 2001), and my internship is over in 5 weeks. I am working in ICU, and at this point I don't enjoy it at all. I am a good nurse and I know when to ask questions, but I don't think this is what I want to do. I don't want to think that if I mess up I can really hurt a patient. I know it's normal to feel unready or nervous, especially being a new nurse. I have to sign an 18 month contract at the end of my internship, therefore I need to make a decision-pronto! I am not sure if I should try to find something more enjoyable in a less stressful setting, or give it more time. I would love to hear thoughts, comments, opinions, ANYTHING!!!!!!
Apr 11, '02
As a new nurse myself, I know exactly what you mean. It's a very scary thing holding someone's life in your hands. But I have found that there is always someone somewhere to ask for guidence in a new situation, even if it's a book. I have never been put into a situation that I felt I couldn't handle. And if things did happen to get out of hand, there is always someone with more experience that will give me advice. I have heard stories of new nurses getting a couple of days orientation and then "getting thrown in", so to speak, but I don't personally know anyone that has happened to. But only you can decide if it's not an enjoyable or it's too stressful of a profession for you.
There are alot of different types of nursing areas available. And if you're not happy in ICU, maybe you could try some other kind of job that maybe you would find less stressful and more enjoyable.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
Last edit by rebel charm on Apr 11, '02