I finally got an RN position after graduating from a BSN program in December! Not my first choice, but it'll give me experience (and hopefully confidence as an RN).
I'm working in home health just part time right now (until my other temporary job ends in 3 weeks). I'm on weekend nights, which means I won't be able to get into a different sleep routine, and prob. won't be able to sleep during the day. I'll just spend Monday (which I have off) trying to catch up.
I have two concerns. First, the pt is pretty stable - no scheduled meds/feedings overnight. Mainly just listening for a need to suction the trach, keeping an ear out for the O2 sats monitor alarm, and being there if he wakes up and tending to any needs then. My concern is staying awake! The weeknight nurse apparently has been napping...
My next concern is my training/orientation. I shadowed a nurse during the day shift to see how the days go, but I wasn't able to do any care or get any practice (the day nurses are from a different agency). Since the pt is sleeping during the whole night shift, I don't know how I will get any practice with suctioning, or be prepared for (have practice with) emergency trach care. I guess we will just have to wake him up and do it, right? I can't imagine my supervisor will leave me on my own without having demonstrated the necessary skills... I hope! I hope that we still will practice it even though I won't routinely need to do trach care or emergency care.
I'm sure I'm just worrying too much and it will be just fine... right?