In need of some help because they are driving me nuts

  1. To all who read this:

    I have just started m y nursing degree in England its for three years and at present I am on my first placement never been on a ward in my life and the staff think that I have the ability to do open heart surgery

    Not that I can't learn to do it but not really my area.

    Anyway has any one had the feeling that they are in the way or are being used to do all the jobs that the RN's won't do.

    I had two patients yesterday who I had problems with,
    one has parkinson disease and was having fits his temperature was 39.1 and could not breath, and his blood pressure was through the roof,
    The second patient had come back from surgery and had a blood pressure rate of 99/76

    When I went to get help no one would come to deal with the first patient and they refuse on the second patient as they said it was his normal blood pressure I found out later that he was given an anti-hypertensive drug in the recovery room and no one told anyone else.

    I was told that I was panicing and that what I was being taught at the unversity was wrong. what do you think?

    I need help ofterwise I am going to what the icon is doing

    I will be under a chair
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Slow down and take a deep breath. First of all, if you already knew everything there would be no reason to go to school. Where was your nursing instructor thru all of this? Was he/she not available? Who was supposed to be functioning as your preceptor or resource person? Inappropriate for you to be left all alone, especially if this is your first rotation. Were the other nurses on the floor aware of this? And which nurse was actually assigned to these patients? It is ultimately their responsibility.
    Don't tell me that this facility assigns patients to a new nursing student without having someone over them? Who was responsible for giving your meds?

    If you can answer a few of these questions for me then I will be able to offer some suggestions to you.

    Forgot to add....Welcome to Allnurses.com and remember that we are here for you....................
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Jun 5, '04
  4. by   velvetchi
    Quote from suzanne4
    Slow down and take a deep breath. First of all, if you already knew everything there would be no reason to go to school. Where was your nursing instructor thru all of this? Was he/she not available? Who was supposed to be functioning as your preceptor or resource person? Inappropriate for you to be left all alone, especially if this is your first rotation. Were the other nurses on the floor aware of this? And which nurse was actually assigned to these patients? It is ultimately their responsibility.
    Don't tell me that this facility assigns patients to a new nursing student without having someone over them? Who was responsible for giving your meds?

    If you can answer a few of these questions for me then I will be able to offer some suggestions to you.

    Forgot to add....Welcome to Allnurses.com and remember that we are here for you....................
    I will tried to answer your questions, they give me a mentor on the first day I was there, then she went on annual leave and isn't back for another week. We are supposed to have a link tutor but the last one left and no one has taken her place yet. The only time that I see an RN is when the drug round is due and there are only two RN on duty at anyone time. The other person on duty is a health care assistant, and she was no good. I don't know how things work everywhere else but we are suppose to fill out an assessment book to prove that we can do certain things, they were supposed to do an inital interview for it in the first week but has not been done and I am now in my third week of a four week rotation. If they don't do it I fail without even trying.

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