I recently transitioned from psych inpatient nursing to med surg. I quit my job in psych - working there for a year as a new nurse. I didn't want to lose my nursing skills and wanted to be involved in more acute medical care nursing. I applied and got hired on a busy medical surgical unit of hospital and although this is my fifth week of orientation, I have only had 10 days on the actual unit. The other days were for trainining,equipment,and computer classes... I feel that I am doing my best to improve and catch on quickly (it does take me a little longer to learn things , im not a "see one, do one, teach one" type of person and I don't feel that is safe practice anyways.
Well, my last week of 3 days training were kind of "rough" and did review at home iv pumps, computer charting, etc..this week when I came back to work I felt my confidence was up more at ease, although I guess I still appear nervous to others. I have been given 3 patients to care for and I am still falling behind. It seems like multiple issues keep me distracted and have been late on administering medications today.
My NM called me in her office and spoke to me about how she feels that maybe this is not the right fit for me..etc..bottom line is it sounds like I am going to be fired UNLESS i can prove that I can take care of 4 patients next week without issue. I just feel that 10 days into orientation is so short with such high expectations. I am NOT one to give up and I continuously strive to manage my time better and prioritze.
I am scared for next week. I need to be able to take care of 4 patients without issues or late med administration. I understand NM perspective but really had to hold back tears and choke it up to finish my shift. I was hurt to hear that other staff had "concerns" on if I would make it. I don't feel like I am getting enough feedback until now -that it seems too late. I was also given a "checklist" for orientation with weekly reports on my progress.
I have yet to see a written eval or check off on anything. It is basically sink or swim. and I have been sinking. I feel that they think I am "sinking" because I ask a lot of questions. If I have not done a skill since clinical and/or only read in textbook I want to ensure safe practice and barely feel like 10 days is sufficient for me to practice as RN on unit.
While I am hurt that others (not only nurses supposedly) are saying im less than adequate I am also saddened that I quit my previous job and will probably be fired next week unless i can care for 4 patients on my own without any issues. I just don't understand how healthcare is safe anymore with this mentality/demand on nurses. It is expected that I will be off orientation in 2 more weeks. (6more days, which would give me a total of 16 days orientation on a busy med surg floor-is this typical???-in psych i had 30+ days...)