I was a newborn nursery nurse for a year. I relocated and decided that I needed experience in something else. I now work in a Level III NICU. I just finished orientation (12 weeks), but I'm still scared to death. Some days I feel like it's never going to get better and I should go back to general nursery.
My preceptor keeps telling me I'm doing great and expecting to much of myself to fast. But how long does it take to learn how to turn an intubated baby? I am very nervous when dealing with intubated infants. I work night shift now and one of my responsibilities is to weigh my babies. This is the most stressful part of my night! I have yet to weigh my babies without someone standing by me. The staff is real supportive and very helpful, but I hate asking for help all the time. I feel like I shouldn't be so dependent on others. Although everyone keeps telling me that it is normal.
I guess what I'm asking is, how do I know if I'm expecting too much of myself too soon, or am I just not cut out for NICU? How long should I give myself before I throw in the towel?