Now that we're a month and a half in, how are the other Newbies doing? I don't know about y'all, but wow, it's overwhelming (and I bought myself a pair of TED stockings so that my legs would stop looking like circus balloons when I got home!). Some days, in spite of having 5 patients (moving up to 6 next week) and 3 discharges immediately followed by 3 admissions during the day, I feel okay. Other days, I'll look at my patient load, see completes with 20 different medications by three different routes all due at 9am and 5pm, and I'll facepalm, knowing that I won't get out of work until around 9pm. Meds still scare the crap out of me, so I'm triple-checking every little thing and bringing the workstation in with me to make sure everything is correct.
I love how fast the days go, though. Most days, they go a little too fast; I feel like I need to clone myself in order to get everything done!
I've had terrible days where I've paged the wrong doctors (repeatedly!), been screamed at by families, and dumped an entire bag of normal saline on a patient because I double-pierced the bag. I've had great days where the patients have written notes to my clinical director saying that I went above and beyond in my care.
I still haven't gotten an IV stick yet. My only consolation is that in my six tries, when my preceptor followed me up, it always took her a couple of tries (and with two of the patients, no one on my floor could stick them) to get a line in.
But overall, it's so gratifying to finally be doing what I've always wanted to do. There are good days and bad days, but right now, I'm loving what I do.