Hi everyone, I recently moved and started a new job. My experience is in a large MICU in a University hospital setting. I've just started in a SICU in a smaller private hospital. When I took the new position many things seemed positive, smaller unit, great pay, the hours I wanted. What could be so different hospital to hospital . . . and ICU to ICU??? I'm still in the orientation process and find myself ALREADY wanting to leave. The people are friendly, although many seem to gossip a lot about their patient's families. This I could deal with. My larger frustration is that I feel like the care is not given as urgently as I feel it should be in an ICU. It took me forever the other day just to get someone to replace my patient's potassium. The dynamic is much different from the University setting and feels disorganized and slow.
Here's the dilemma. On one hand I feel like it could just be the orientation process and getting used to a new hospital. Maybe I should give it a few months off orientation?
On the other hand, I really don't want to waste their time or mine if my gut says "I don't feel good in this care environment."
Wondering if anyone else has chosen "the wrong hospital" and switched before they were even off orientation? And if so, how do I explain this at any potential interviews?