I am a GN and began working on an ICU unit 3 weeks ago and am ready to tear my hair out and then quit! Orientation is a joke, it consists of them throwing 2-3 patients at me and not giving me any direction at all. When I ask a question my preceptor just says "you're doing fine, you can figure it out" Mind you I have absolutely no medical experience except what I have received while in nursing school
. I feel lost, frustrated and dread going to work each day. The nurses are at times somewhat rude, they intentionally leave me out of floor activities (idiotic minute things like CEUs that are coming up, ordering dinner, etc.), they speak appaullingly bad about one another behind each other's backs, they will assign me to do something and when I explain that I have never done/seen/learned anything like it before they tell me nows the time, do not give any instruction and then proceed to be hostile if I do not do it correctly. I could see if I was not trying, or if it was incredibly busy and they just did not have time to show/teach/demonstrate, but that is not the case. And I overheard one of the nurses bragging how they had run off 3 other nurses who "did not fit in" they told me that when orientation (as if I am receiving one) is over if I can not keep up they will just "ride me out" I would love to transfer to a med/surg floor, but I am afraid that it will make me look as though I give up too easily, or that I can not work and play well with others. It is to the point that I am ready to quit altogether and apply at another facility. I feel so mislead, the nurse manager promised I would receive a thorough orientation. What should I do?
Jul 4, '02
I agree...get OUT NOW! It will cost you and your patients DEARLY to continue in this manner. But don't give up! There is a place for you and one you will enjoy---- This obviously is NOT it!
This is not orientation, this is a dangerous situation for you and your patients. Move on, and I wish Good luck. I am so sorry for this first bitter taste of nursing you are having to take. You deserve MUCH better than this. Hang in there and keep trying.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 4, '02