My First Job

  1. I had just graduated from ADN School (2.86) and I walked on the floor, as a GN (would not have mattered if I were bsn, nsn) money was the same.
    I was charge, had 42 patients, one LPN and two aides and 22 IV's.
    First thing, I walked into a room and saw a woman whose IV had come apart and blood was dripping on floor. I freaked and froze, my mind filled with sterile teqniques and many other things. A nurse walked by me, put the ends back together and walked out.
    By 11:00 AM I had my 8 O'Clocks set up. Walked into the first room, dropped something, bent down to pick it up, med tray caught edgeof nightstand as I looked up at all the pills in the air, landing back in the wrong cups.
    Between all of this I had to maintain IV flow on 22 IV's and started two IV's.
    Ileft at shifts end so fast I took the narcotic keys home withme, when they called for me to return them I had security come and get them.
    Then I sat wondering if it was worth it.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   iliel
    Sounds like a right of passage! I'm sure you're going to be fine, it's just going to take some time. Hang in there! And Congrats on graduating!
  4. by   Louie18
    That was 30 years ago.
  5. by   NurseDixie
    Wow! Are you still working as a nurse? Doesn't sound like a very good first day
  6. by   Louie18
    That was 30 years ago.
  7. by   Noney
    I thought it was awhile ago when you mentions the pills set up on the tray!

    Bravo on 30 years!
  8. by   sagelola
    So, Louie18...was it worth it?

    And did it get better from there??
  9. by   Louie18
    I am a fortunate man to be made soo (ooh soo) humble from all areas so early.
    Didn't make me stop runnin' my mouth though. Difference being if I say it now, you can better well believe it's close.
    Worked 45 different areas. (accompanies ADDHA and Bipolar) Think midwifery will be yours huh? Well the 4.0 should take you anywhere you would like to go. I know you are a serious person, out of all the places I have been I think they need you to dabble anywhere and write up your opinion.
    You will do well.
    Louie
  10. by   iliel
    Hmm, sorry, didn't realizes it was 30 years ago. still, it sounds like a right of passage.
  11. by   sagelola
    Louie18...just wanted to say thank you...

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