I have been in my job for almost 5 months and after many days of driving home crying it all finally clicked. I am an RN in a very busy heavy care subacut unit, a big change from my psych position. I am a nurse for a little over a year and this position is hard. But, I am learning so much! I am exposed to so many skills and I have a wide variety of patients. patient load is max 20 with assessments, woundcare, traches, enteral feeds, ostomies, ortho, neoro, respiratory, neb txs etc no charge nurse, I do all my orders, deal with problems with an outside pharmacy, family issues you name it! CNAS who are lazy and expect me to do their job while I pass morning meds in less than 2hrs for 20 pts, I also find I utilize my psych skills on a daily basis. It is hard because of the patient load but I am getting faster and faster. I am learning to prioritize and delegate and I have become assertive with the slackers in order to provide great care. I have already received several thank you cards and letters to my DON for the care I provide. I work 8 hours/5 shifts a week, no lunch and never pee! I love my patients and I hate the shady nonsense. I practice safe and I am learning to call out those who don't. I think this was the best choice as a new nurse to push me to be a great RN and I know at this point, I could step onto a hospital floor again and do great things with 1/2 the pt load!!!! For those who think subacute nurses are not real nurses, think again. We lose nurses weekly because they run away crying because of the work load!
Oct 1, '12
Where do you work? I live in NJ and am looking for my first RN job. Are you in Southern Jersey by chance?