My seven month journey in ICU has ended. - page 2
I started my CVICU position in April. Ofcourse I was super excited because I just became a RN after being a LPN for 3 years. I had my license for exactly 3 months before getting hired, not bad for a new grad RN. I always knew... Read More
- 1Nov 13, '12 by ~*Stargazer*~I'm sorry that you had such a rough experience, and sadly, I don't think it's unique. Those who find themselves working in a supportive environment where asking for help is not regarded as weakness are very fortunate.
Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
- 1Nov 13, '12 by Dragonfly777Where are you? They are so many other choices out there. Hospital environment is like wolf's den. There's a hierarchy of some sort, I know this for a fact........we all started the same, even the most experience nurse first learned to crawl, walk and then run. This is why I hesitate to look for a hospital job. I also have less than one year experience, but I like teaching and tried to be a good preceptor. Having said the above: try a rehab place, or step down from the acute care into something else. Finding a good environment to work in is like finding gold in the street. I would say move up the ladder...go on and get your masters. Good Luck in your future endeavors.
- 1Nov 13, '12 by NJnewRNFirst, hugs for you! We on here are proud that you made it this far. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I have to say that you must have been reading my mind. I got into a really messed up ICU last year. I had a nasty preceptor that would talk down to me like I was a child. Mind you I already had one and half years of med/surg experience. I left after nearly 3 months because I saw that they were setting me up for failure. It was a humiliating experience for me. I somewhat felt like a failure, but I just knew that they were not giving me adequate training. My best friend had 6 weeks of orientation and was told it's sink or swim time. I really don't know what is wrong with these people. It's the only profession where people turn on each other and you wonder why we can't progress. I'm sorry that you had that experience. I don't where to tell you to go after this since the market is different. I'm not sure if you live an area where you could get into another program. Anyway, hang in there and don't feel too bad for yourself. Get back that horse. Not every facility is like that. Take care.
- 1Nov 13, '12 by rockstar11So sorry for your experience. I too, am an "old grad" - graduated last December. I had a first job that was just a horrible environment (working, learning, etc). I was forced to move on, I resigned from my hospital. It wasn't a good fit. Now, I moved closer to relatives, and was offered a job within a few weeks of applying. I love everything about it - the type of unit, the people, the attitudes, the direct leadership, and the organization.
Bottom line - you need to find what fits you most. And it might take a little trial and error, that's okay. And it's okay to be frustrated as heck about it - but it is what matters for your sanity.
I wish you the best!! Chin up!
- 0Nov 14, '12 by SCSTxRNI love precepting - I enjoy showing my routine and answering questions. I enjoy scaffolding learning experiences and pushing the newbies to go just a little bit farther each time, just two steps outside of comfortable, until they're ready to handle whatever comes their way.
I've only had one nurse really complain about me as a preceptor. The discontent was very mutual, and that nurse left the hospital about two months after getting off of orientation. The environment was just not for her.
So regardless of the reason for a poor match, I am sure that you will find the environment right for you, and will be comfortable, grow, and flourish. Good luck!