I feel terrible posting this because I realize how lucky I am to have a med-surg job as a new nurse...but I'm just looking for coping advice...
I am one week away from being off orientation (orientation is 6 weeks) and I am already freaking out! I knew Med-Surg would be terribly challenging, but I never knew it would be like this. It is standard to get 8 patients on my floor (I work days). 8 patients to me feels terribly unsafe. When you factor things like critical labs, hanging blood, starting new IV's, patients crashing, rude doctors, demanding families, etc.....8 patients is just too much! I am terrified I am going to miss something important and risk losing my license because I am just so overwhelmed with everything that's going on.
Maybe it was naive of me, but I thought I'd be able to have more interaction with the patients. The whole reason I decided to become a nurse (once again, maybe this was naive) was because I thrive off of patient interaction. I like feeling like I make a difference and in med-surg I barely have time to spend 10 seconds with one patient before running into the next room. I am feeling so discouraged and am questioning if med-surg or even hospital nursing is for me.
Becoming a nurse has been a huge dream of mine for YEARS and I feel lousy for questioning myself already. I am just wondering how people do this. Is 8 patients on a super busy unit do-able?