I work on a cardiac step down unit. We have post heart cath patients, pre-heart cath patients, CHF, Angina and post MI. Recently we have also been getting alot of non cardiac pts due to the fact that our hospital is at its capacity. I have only been working on this floor for about 3 months and I still have much to learn. I worked in surgery straight after graduation for two and a half years before I transferred to do patient care. The problem is that 3 nurses from my shift have found jobs elsewhere. The other nurses who also have alot of experience are talking about leaving also. Soon, I will be the nurse with the most experience and that scares me to death. There are alot of things that I do not know. I am learning and ask questions everytime I work and read many articles. I do not believe under any circumstances that I am ready to train or be in charge of our unit. NOt that I have been asked to. LIke I said though soon it could be me, a nurse that just graduated, and an agency nurse.
I do not feel comfortable putting my license on the line like that. I have considered transferring to another floor. I really wanted to go into Women's Health and labor and delivery when I graduated. I just have not gotten there yet. What do you think? This is making me feel very uncomfortable about the safety of my patients as well as my license. HElp :confused