Where do I begin.... ?
Where I work, is a Long Term Care facility. It is one hospital floor. There are 2 sides of it. One side is just a regular nursing home. The other side is half nursing home, half med-surg/rehab for elderly people. The side that I have been orienting on has been the half medsurg/rehab side. This side is 1 nurse for 15 pts with A LOT of medicines, finger sticks, and neb tx.. I could tell that all the nurses I worked with were wiped by the end of each day. However, I can't pass meds until I take the hospital med test.. and I can't be in a room alone with any pt. until my fingerprints come back...
My 1st day was this past Wednesday, Sept. 27th. I worked 2-10. I was being trained by a nurse who was only 19.. I'm only 18.. and she had went through the same high school LPN program that I had went through. Anyhow, I loved the fact that she was my age, but I don't think she was doing things correctly. Instead of looking through the drawers and pulling out each med seperately.. or at least just the ones she needed, she would pull out EVERY MED for that pt. and then sort through them. I didn't like this, or the fact that she didn't talk to me much about starting neb. treatments or anything else besides punching meds, but overall she was alright.
The next night, Thursday, I was with another nurse. She was 33, worked as a CNA for I think... 7 years , went to take LPN classes, and since has been a nurse for 3-4 years. She was very helpful, did things what I thought was the right way. She told me that the previous girl I worked with, hadn't signed for half the meds she gave. I enjoyed my 2-10 shift.
Then today came along. As a new nurse with only AIDE clinical work under my belt, besides a 2 hr med pass, I am a little nervous. I walked up to the floor and I seen the nurse that I was with. I overheard her saying NOT FOR NOTHING! BUT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO DEAL WITH THIS!! I DONT WANT TO ORIENTATE HER. I get upset easily. For the 1st hour she was going through new orders and looking through the MARS. She showed me one sheet in the new order book and gave a ****** attitude the rest of that hour. The RN supervisor saw this, she took me under her wing and we went to go do fingersticks because it was such a heavy load... and after that I was walking around with a CNA. I don't mind doing aide work, but I would like to learn how to do NURSING procedures.. not just filling up water pitchers and transfering residents.
Overall, I'm really not too happy. The only positive is that it's been the easiest 11.79 per hour I have ever made.
I just don't know what to do.