So I'm a nurse of five years with clinic and home health experience. I just started working for the internal medicine clinic roughly six months ago. They hired me on to work one on one with a provider, but her nurse wanted to come back, so they put me as a float nurse in a completely different "pod" or group of nurses, if you will.
So the nurses that I work with all have focuses in different areas ( GI, Urology, nephrology, etc) I am supposed to learn their desk and their provider and cover for them when they need or have scheduled days off. Some days I am just covering their phones due to provider being out, some days you run their clinic. Either way, you answer phones, refills, rooming patients, cleaning, etc. I mean the list goes on! I like to work, don't get me wrong. But it's been almost six months now, and I've screwed up a few times. I've owned it, but man do I get to go to the dog house for a long time!!! Of course I'm new to the area, it's a relatively small community, and most of these nurses have been there for 10+ years. if I make a judgement call when they are gone- then I had no business because I'm new, but if I let something go and wait till they return then I'm not doing my job. If I keep asking what they want me to do with simple tasks ( so they don't get angry that I "stepped out of bounds") then I'm uneducated.....I need this job. How do I get through this initiation process?