Med-Surg Roll Call - page 8

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Hi all ... thought it was about time to have a Med-Surg roll call .... please repond by telling us if you work in med-surg .... how long you have been there and if you plan on staying in med surg .... also, please let us know if... Read More


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    I am a new grad RN. I am currently working on a Med/Surg unit for the past 2 months. I am having a hard time acclimating to the unit. I seem to shut down when thing get really chaotic. I just can't think when I have 500 things coming at me at once. I don't know what to do. I really want this to work. I have worked very hard to get to this point. I made it through nursing school with A's and B's and I passed NCLEX. I am very kind hearted and caring towards my patients.
    I have been told that they are giving me too high acuity levels (3's and 4's) for my level of experience. The experienced nurses try to help me when they can but they are very busy too. The CNA's on my unit (if we are lucky eneough to get one) are not very helpful either. Sometimes I think they don't respect me because I am a new grad and don't always know what the heck I'm doing.
    I am very frustrated. I may have to consider looking into other departments that are a bit slower paced but I don't want to be a quiter. Any suggestions?
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    Jeez, D, so sorry to hear that things are so rough, I was there, too. It does get easier with time and familiarity and organization. Ask for help when you need it, accept help when it's offered, seek out new experiences, and have faith in yourself. You are smarter than you know. I know how frustrated I was as a new nurse, and I am amazed at how much confidence I've gained in my skills. Good luck!
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    Does anyone here know what a "nurse practice committee" does? [/quote] i am on the nurse practice committee at my hospital. we are just starting shared governance. nurses making decsions for nurses based on evidence based practices. still learning the ins and outs. we have only had 2 meetings so far.
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    Quote from jrbl77
    Does anyone here know what a "nurse practice committee" does?
    i am on the nurse practice committee at my hospital. we are just starting shared governance. nurses making decsions for nurses based on evidence based practices. still learning the ins and outs. we have only had 2 meetings so far.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks so much for taking the time to post; I have been "assigned" to our committee, and am just wondering what, if anything, I need to know. I guess I'll find out when I get there!
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    we call ours a clinical practice council. it is a way to include the clinical staff in some of the administrative decisions that affect the hospital and staff and always affect your patients. ours has 9 separate commitees that address different issues for example...policies and procedures, customer service, research, code blue. they all address important issues that affect staff and patients therefore they place clinical staff as well administrative staff all on the council and decisions are made based on shared governance. we have had ours in place since jan of this year. we meet once a month and have had some real changes happen which affect everyone. i think if your facility has started this then they really care about the staff and the patients.
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    Hello! I'm a new paper RN starting out on MEDSURG on Monday a little earlier than my orientation group. Starting to get nervous especially after reading many of the posts in the MEDSURG forum. It helps to know that many of the negative thoughts and feelings are common and almost universally shared. That's the great thing about this group, universality. I'm sure I won't feel this way when it happens to me! Have met my manager and preceptor. They seem nice and welcoming... Not much else to say since it has been expressed in some shape or form already... Wish me luck!

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    New nurse here, began training on med-surg floor in July. I don't know if I will stay in this area ,but right now I am just taking it one day at a time.
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    I have worked in M/S as a nurse for a year and as a cna for 2 yrs prior and I actually love it! The only other area of nursing that I would ever consider would be geriatric/ltc. At this time, I don't have any certifications, but hospital I work at would like it if I did......Just trying to get a little more education under my belt before doing any certs!
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    Quote from Cerebrum
    Hello! I'm a new paper RN starting out on MEDSURG on Monday a little earlier than my orientation group. Starting to get nervous especially after reading many of the posts in the MEDSURG forum. It helps to know that many of the negative thoughts and feelings are common and almost universally shared. That's the great thing about this group, universality. I'm sure I won't feel this way when it happens to me! Have met my manager and preceptor. They seem nice and welcoming... Not much else to say since it has been expressed in some shape or form already... Wish me luck!

    What is a new paper RN?
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    I work on the med-surg floor as a House Supervisor. This means I deal will with all areas of the hospital when needed, but my main concentration is the Med-Surg floor. I started 12years ago as an LPN on med-surg then after a year I moved to the emergency room. I stayed there for 10years and loved every minute of it. I learned to be stronger, wiser and a lot quicker. When I received my RN I returned back to the Med-Surg floor with all the knowledge and experience I received in the emergency room. I feel that it has made a difference. I work 12 hour shifts on nights and as everyone knows you don't have all the luxuries that day shift is afforded, so you have to be on your toes and I have instilled this into my nurses to become more agressive and observant as to what is going on with there patient. I love med surg and my job because you can get to know your patients and family members. I teach my patients and their family members to speak out and ask questions. It makes a big difference. Like any department you work at you have the good, the bad and the ugly. Isnt that the same anywhere though and what a great satisfaction when you get just a simple smile and a thank you.:wink2:
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