Lowest of the Low - page 4

Hi all, Hoping for some insight, support, advice. I have now been working LTC for 9 weeks. I am a new grad, had two weeks of training, and been on the floor on my own since then, hired as a charge... Read More

  1. by   banditrn
    Quote from KristyBRN
    THANK YOU all for the support. I sat down and wrote a list of my 'goals for success', and gave it to the DON and my nurse manager. They stated that they were very impressed. We will see. I have two more weeks to make my decision. I really do like my job, (much to my suprise, I did NOT think LTC was in my future), and at this point, I hate to give up, having truly put my all into this. So I guess I will see at the end of my probationary period. Will keep you posted, again, thanks for the support!
    KristyBRN
    Kristy - hope it works for you!! If not, you'll know you gave it your best shot. Good luck!:flowersfo
  2. by   miamigal27
    I agree with The Commuter. I would not even bother to return and just look for a new position elsewhere that is going to give you proper training and the respect that you deserve. It's sounds as if their are unorganized!!
  3. by   vickster
    I cover 43 residents in LTC--it is insanity!! That being said...in my opinion, a new grad should NEVER be hired as a charge nurse. If you feel like you're not ready, maybe you're not...not your fault. You just need a few notches on your belt before you are in charge! Best of luck, how awful to be so upset and sick. You should be enjoying your new job.
  4. by   rktele
    Get out now! Go get a job in a hospital where you'll hopefully get a better orientation, and have some support.
    I started out in LTC, went through their CNA class, then went to school and got my LPN, then RN. It was great there as a CNA, but as a nurse, I was in fear every day for my license. They had me spread so thin and in charge of too much. And when I expressed my concerns to the DON about being the only RN in the building after 5 pm, and therefore house supervisor by default, I was told not to worry about it, "You have good experienced LPNs here, so you really aren't house supervisor." But if DHS had walked in, they would have come immediately to me. I tell you this because your story sounds a lot like mine, and I was a new grad and questioning my career choice.
    I didn't truly enjoy my career until I went somewhere that supported me!
  5. by   Richo
    [Hi There

    I am an RN in Australia (i'm in my 2nd year out) and we do have similar problems with new grads being placed into senior positions (charge nurse) in aged care facilities. I remeber how overwhelmed I felt when I started as a new grad in the hospital. My mother in law has just left an aged care facility after working in that industry for around 20 years. I seriously had not seen a week go by where she was not complaining about the workload, and she is experienced. I managed to talk her into applying to a hospital and her life has changed. She is soooo much happier and her workload has about halved. My advice to you is to apply for a grad program (if u have them over there) and work within your scope of practice as a new grad. Let everyone around you know your new, and if anyone gives you a hard time stand up for yourself. As alot of others on here have suggested, leave now before they let you go, otherwise your confidence as a nurse will drop and they simply are not a caring helpful bunch of people. Good luck, I hope it all settles down for you, hang in there it is overwhelming, just always remember to only take on those tasks/jobs where you are working within your scope of practice.

    Tracy
  6. by   dunkinut
    A new grad in a position of such authority/responsibility is probably the mistake. Yes...we want to be in great positions with good pay, benefits and the feeling of responsibility because we have just spent so much time being a student....but...know your limitations. Distraction of any type, personal, professional has been known to interfere with your ability to concentrate. Maybe it is time to step back and rethink where you want to be. Being a new grad is overwhelming in and of itself, never mind supervising people that have been there since the beginning. Sometimes, it's ok to say I can't do this, where else may I be of benefit to this organization? Propose staying in a different position and show them your talents and you may be able to flourish from there! If you go to them with your thoughts of being overwhelmed, they may be able to offer you some help with time-management, etc.
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from lostfromlatex
    I am sorry to hear about your situation.... I know I have been off the floor for many years, but where was your proper orientation? And how can a new grad be in a Charge position?
    That was what I was thinking...it would take at least a year of so to be acclimated to the environment to take charge of a whole unit.
  8. by   07RN2BE
    My question would be what happened to the last charge nurse? I think the DON and the sup are dysfunctional and they've chose you to be the whipping boy for their enjoyment.

    Do you even have to give 2 weeks notice? If not, I wouldn't.

    Good luck!
  9. by   91C_ARMYLPN
    Hi KristyBRN,

    What a sad situation! Seems like your LTC wanted the warm body, but did not take the time to properly train you. Nobody is born a nurse! For a new grad. to receive only 2 weeks of orientation tells me what they are all about. Why did'nt they team you up with a seasoned nurse/mentor/preceptor??? And, I totally agree...why did'nt you get fair warning that DHS was present?

    We are all human! We make mistakes and hopefully we grow and learn from them. Unfortunately, this appears to be another opportunity for nurses in which they eat their own, management does not care, or some other senseless reason. The picture is clear...you were not trained properly,
    there is no support, and your work environment is toxic.

    The decision is entirely yours to remain, "suck it up, and see where it goes. Or, start looking for another job immediately. If this situation is making you a nervous wreck and your health is being affected, is it really worth it? There are other jobs out there. And, since this is your first...I personally would not bother with putting this LTC on my resume.

    No job is perfect. But, I agree that wherever you go it is important that an individual is afforded the opportunity to grow professionally, given the tools to get to the level where they need to be, and provide a positive environment, in which it encourages you to become the nurse that you want to be. Let's also mention about having a supportive management. Best wishes in whatever choice you make. Life is short! Enjoy the journey that you are taking. Keep in touch with us, and let us know how things turned out. Remember...we are always here for you!!!!!
    Last edit by 91C_ARMYLPN on Oct 18, '06
  10. by   8vincent8
    dear colleage
    sounds like too much too soon for anyone in the same position.

    if they have said they wouldnt reccomend you well realy thats the end of the story. somtimes your face does not fit, thats life.

    its hard not to take it personally, but try because thier are always alternatives

    from the conditions you have described many nurses would have been overwhelmed to say the least. their is always agency work while you sort out what to do so dont despair.

    as a new starter start small next time and try not to be pushed into higher duties untill you are ready.

    take care of yourself first becaues if you dont you cant take care of anybody else

    the ultimate truth is things always change
  11. by   GregCP, RN
    YOu need to quit that job. The future doesnt look very bright...as a matter of fact, it seems to appear very dangerous.

    THen when you find a new job...please watch what you say. Dont gossip, limit your complaining (at best dont even complain), and make friends. If you dont build a healthy relationship with the ppl you work with, you wont survive. If the DON is telling to you that "she wouldnt recommend you for hire"...that bad...real bad. Youre a new grad, you can't start spitting out, in front of everyone, what wasnt done, what other's arn't doing, etc....be courteous, respectful, and be humble. If you went in with an EGO, you need to get rid of that pronto.
  12. by   weesyanne
    KristiBRN,
    RUN, don't walk, to another facility and apply for a job. You are risking your license by working in your current facility. They should never have put you in a charge nurse position since you are new to nursing.
    There are too many other places that will give you an adequate orientation period, support, and will mentor you while you learn the ropes. Please don't even go back to that place. They have already told you what they intend to do. You don't owe them a thing.
    And don't worry that they will somehow give you a bad reference. I wouldn't use them as a reference at all.
    Good luck!!!
  13. by   rachelnward
    I'm sure you are feeling better by now. I have been a nurse for 10 years and my tip would be to start on night shift. I started as a charge nurse on night shift and then after a year moved to days. It is easier at night as there are less meds and treatments, the doctors are not making rounds and writing a bunch of orders, patients are sleeping, therapy team is gone, family members are not there making demands, etc. Just you and the aides and the patients, you have time for assessments and taking care of issues as they arise. I thought it was a great way to ease into nursing. I hope I'm not offending any night nurses, but in the experiences I've had, ICU/floor/nursing home, night shift is usually less stressful and busy. As a person who hates the feeling of missing something, missing following up on an issue, I choose to work were that is less likely for me. Also, consider a different type of nursing, like home health, where you can concentrate on one client at a time. Good luck!

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