Passed my boards around a month ago, did orientation, all that. Yesterday was my first day on the floor- meg/surg floor.
Anyways, all I did yesterday was follow another nurse around. She was an LPN. Is it the norm to give a new RN an LPN to orient with? Honestly, I'm not really sure what LPN can/can't do within their scope of practice, so maybe it is the norm to put an RN with an LPN?
But I get there and they put me with her because they said "she is the best nurse on the floor". She's been at this hospital, on this floor, for 11 years.
I am scared that they said she is the "best" nurse they have on the floor. She didn't even do a full assessment on ANY of her patients, just checked why they were in the hospital, for example resp. problem- and listened to lungs, etc.
She was giving meds WAY out of the hour timeframe- and I mean like even 3 hours late.
She was talking to me about another co-workers "hygeine" problem(body odor) which I thought was inappropriate.
She kept talking about how nursing students from one nursing school
do nothing, and make the worst nurses. just happens to be the school i went to
She was unorganized too- never checking meds more than once, taking meds for several patients in one room, trying to keep them seperate, almost giving a patient meds twice, etc.
Didn't get anyone to double check insulin, etc. She would just sign another nurses initials.
The whole day was filled with "well I know this isn't the right way but....." and things like that.
Honestly- I just got out of nursing school and I know that not all nurses do things the right way, etc., but she kept me a nervous wreck the whole day.
So, basically, I know, that I am a new nurse, and no experience, and I know things aren't going to be exactly like I was taught in school, but are most floors this way? Some of these things seemed pretty major to me- especially for the "best nurse on the floor". I mean she was nice and everything, but it worries me some. Should I be worried?
Thanks for reading, and thanks for any input!!