I was hired on by a small hospital as a full time float nurse. I started in long term care as I was hired on during the summer vacation season and that was the place of most need-but under the impression I would floated to the medsurg unit after a few months. Well..going on 6 months later I finally am scheduled to start my orientation on medsurg now after Christmas.
I just don't feel like I know anything, and I don't know if these months at long term care have done anything but hamper my admittedly shakey confidence in my nursing abilities. I get along well with staff and residents/family have nothing but great things to say about me but I just honestly not sure if I feel safe as my knowledge just does not seem adequate.
Going ahead I do have a few education days where i'm doing TNCC(trauma care nursing) course, and well have access to a full 6-8 week orientation on the medsurg unit so i'm hoping i'll gain some confidence going forward. Also reality of the situation that RN's role in LTC is going to be increasingly more minimized going forward-and a general belief that these last few months won't do much for my resume has kinda put a damper on my passion.
Are these really so left field kind of thoughts for a new grad?