ladyj 689 Views
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I am also a May 2002 grad who was hired into an ICU. This was the first year they were hiring new grads, and the Director of Nurses at my school told me that she thought it would be a good preceptorship program for me to get into (she even called the Nurse Manager to schedule an interview for me!)
Yesterday was my six month anniversary and I am ready to get out of there. My eight week orientation (I was told I would have 12 weeks, but it was shortened, to my dismay) was so exciting and enjoyable. I was even asking to come in on a day off just to follow an open heart surgery patient from the OR through his first post-op day. All the nurses were really helpful, and I was constantly being brought into rooms to share in procedures and other things.
Right now, though, I feel stuck in a rut. Since my being there, seven nurses have quit. We are now relying on travelers to fill the holes. I am now also just another body to fill the holes. I am constantly given patients that they know I can handle, and very few learning opportunities. The nurses don't have the time to teach me, and most times I don't have time to look for new things to learn. We are supposed to have a 1:2 ratio, but I usually get three; one night I was given 6 patients. I am beginning to doubt my abilities as a nurse.
It makes me sad to think about it, because I was so excited when I graduated. My instructors told me that I was one of the best students they had ever had. I loved learning all this new stuff and couldn't wait to put it into practice.
I thought that maybe I was just expecting too much until I got close to some of the travelers. They have been to several hospitals and said that ours needed to make some serious changes. None of them have renewed their contracts and end up counting the days until they can leave.
One traveler in particular that I have become close to is leaving next week. I'll probably cry when she says goodbye. She has taken it upon herself to teach me something new everytime we are working together and to constantly tell me that I am a good nurse. She tells me that I really need to get out of here. She has been in nursing for over 20 years and I trust her opinion. I was beginning to wonder if I had chosen the wrong profession, but she helped me have a little more faith in myself.
So I have decided that I do want to be a nurse, in fact I LOVE caring for patients. I just need to be in a different setting. I don't know if I need to be something other than an ICU nurse or I need to just not be in this particular ICU. That is the struggle I am having now.
Another thing that makes my decision difficult is that my Nurse Manager found out that I wanted to leave and said she would double my pay if I would stay. She said she I couldn't leave because she had "too many plans for me in the future."
I just graduated ADN 2002 and you guys make me feel that I made the best choice to take the night shift. I can't wait!
Thank you for your candid comments in this forum. I am a 2002 ADN graduate who will be starting in the ICU of a local hospital within the next couple of weeks (as soon as I get my letter that says I can take the NCLEX). One of the most important questions I had for the manager during my interview was about how the nurses felt about new graduates. I want to learn all that I can, but don't want to feel that I am in the way and not wanted. She, of course, said that it would be no problem, but I wanted to hear it from the nurses, you know, from those that will actually be training me. During my tour of the ICU they welcomed me and told me that they liked having "new blood." I only hope they don't have preconceived ideas about me because of someone else's wrong attitude.
I am so appreciative to have this opportunity! I want to be an excellent nurse, and cannot achieve that unless I am allowed to work beside excellent "senior nurses". It really hurts me to hear that some idiots are making a bad name for those of us that want to do a good job. I almost cannot believe some new nurses act the way you all described! I don't understand why a new nurse would rather be a problem than an asset. I only hope that all of you who had bad experiences with lazy new nurses get to train someone who is excited about her (or his) new career. Any nurse who acts in such an unprofessional manner as you all have described needs to be thrown out, shortage or not! I would much rather have to work harder with a team of people who enjoy their job and each other's company, than have more days off, but dread the days I have to be there.
And as far as salary and extras go, they don't matter much to me right now. I am in it for the experience. No sign on bonus, no tuition repayment, and I start on midnights, but I got my dream job.
Again, I am so sorry that you "senior nurses" got stuck with such unpleasant people, but PLEASE do not think all of us new graduates are like that. There are many of us out there that have utmost respect and love for you guys.
I got the exact same question from some of my family members, why a nurse and not med school? It seemed to me that doctors were always rushing into and out of patient's rooms. I am a very nurturing person and wanted that extra time with the patient. Now that I am in clinicals, however, I see that nurses are also in a hurry. I still feel that I can spend more time with a patient as a nurse.
4th semester ADN, pinning ceremony May 11th!
Just turned 26 yesterday! I appreciate college so much more now than I did when I tried it at age 18!
StudentSandra, I am on the west side, near MO.
All right, very funny! Gimme a break, I was brain dead after finals!
Same here, StudentSandra. Our teachers explained the most difficult aspects in lecture, and based our quizzes on lectures.
Our midterm and final, however, were over all chapters covered, whether or not the material was covered in lecture. So if we don't read the book, we won't pass. Extremely tough, but will help us with NCLEX in the long run.
An NCLEX review book is also good to have to study for finals. I have "Davis NCLEX-RN Success" and I like it a lot. It comes with a 2000 question CD-rom that lets you customize your practice tests, and keep track of your progress. I loved the fact that it was so concise, and could help me organize what I needed to study (Because my notes were far from organized!)
OK I confess! I have already started studying for next semester, and this semester just ended yesterday. I already know that I have to read 15 pages/day to keep up in Med/Surg. Pretty sad, huh? But I did stay in bed this morning until 11AM, so I am slacking a little bit!
Done until Jan 12!
Decided to take all three of my finals yesterday instead of spreading them out over three days. Helped my best friend pass her exams which makes me extremely happy!!!!!! She says if we wouldn't have studied together she would have failed Mental Health. I got an A on Mental Health, and a C on cardio (before the curve). I got the highest grade! Could NOT believe that! Didn't stay for my Respiratory grade (wasn't going to wait around for another three hours). So I guess I'll never know. I'll
just wait for my report card to get my final Med/Surg grade. This semester has been difficult, but has been so worth it! I must say, the more I learn, the more respect I have for nurses.
Sure wished I would have found you guys sooner! I could have really used this for some venting and encouragement to get through my first semester of the ADN program. I will definitely come back here during my last semester!
Countdown to December 17th:
last class 12/12
Mental Health Final 12/13
Respiratory Final 12/14
Cardiovascular Final 12/17
Thank goodness for Winter Break!!!!!!
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