I am new to the nursing field. I graduated in December, passed my NCLEX in February, and acquired a job on a Med-Surg unit in late March. I feel very overwhelmed, usually I have 7 patients but I have had up to 9. Since I finished the orientation I have not left work on time. Most of the time I feel like I am a drug pusher. Is it just the Med-Surg unit or is this the way that all nursing is?
I really came on here to ask a question about being a new grad. I am thinking about going and looking for another job. I am curious though about how long a new grad is considered a new grad in the eyes of a potential employer. I don't want to waste my time looking for another job and sending out resumes if they are just going to tell me they aren't hiring new grads. I have asked some of my fellow employees and they have said everything from 3 months to 1 year and everything in between. Let me know what you all think or experiences that you have had.