Hello All, I am finishing up my ADN with 9 weeks to go. I'm in my mid fifties. In my current rotation we care for as many as 5 patients on a cardiac tele unit. I am overwhelmed to say the least. I have to make it through 5 more of these shifts and should be home free as my last rotation will be less intense. We are expected to do two assessments per patient, IV assessments every two hours,start IVs, all skills, and pass all meds. The med orders change frequently on this unit and there are many unstable patients with codes etc.
I don't mind working very, very hard and forgoing a break but as a student this is a bit much. If we make a mistake depending on the severity we are out of the program
. My first concern is for my patients I'm just not sure I can do this and am looking for any advice that anyone would kindly share.
Some of the challenges are we do not have immediate access to the med room, have to wait for our instructors for IV pushes and skills, we have not been orientated to the floor...this is tough!!!