Hi everyone. I have been reading here for the past few weeks. I have been orienting in a level III NICU for about 5 weeks now. Some days I feel great, like I am progressing and starting to get it, and other days (like today) I wonder how I will ever be competent to work here!
Today, everything that could have gone wrong did, IV infiltrated, took me forever to finally get a new one in, which put me behind. I had another baby on a pump feeding and when I went to go check on them after inserting the iv, they had pulled their NG tube out and the feeding was being delivered to the bed! Among lots of other minor, but annoying glitches throughout the day. Then while I was giving report I had a nurse who does have a reputation to nit pick your report. She questioned me the entire way through, I could barely tell her one bit of information without a barrage of questions of "why" and "do you know the reason behind that" among others. My preceptor is wonderful, I should add. She did help me the whole day.
For all of you experienced NICU nurses, is this normal to feel so overwhelmed at times? I sometimes feel like I can't get out of my own way. Other days, are great and I feel so proud of how I handled the patient assignment.
I look forward to reading/posting here in the future
Her silly, misplaced anger is not a reflection on how well you're doing. Once you've been there a while, you should really let them know about her anger issues and how inappropriate it is to use her as a preceptor.
Preceptor to new NICU nurses is one of the most important jobs in the unit. For them to allow this old (or young) biddy to risk running off an experienced nurse is just idiotic on the management's part...and I don't even care how good of a NICU nurse she may be.
Last edit by Bortaz, RN on Feb 8, '12