Hi everyone. I recently graduated from a 2 Yr RN program and I started working in Telemetry, hoping that it would be a good place to start & learn pt care. While that may be true, for me it's turned out to be a VERY difficult experience & adjustment these last 3 months or so, from being a student. Tele is very fast paced and the patient load feels unreal. While the staff & Mngr have been very supportive, some have pointed out that Tele can be very difficult even for experienced nurses and tough for new grads. I asked about switching to Med/Surg on an 8 hr shift but there aren't any openings.
Did I make the right choice starting in Tele? Would starting on a Med/Surg floor be better? Or maybe there're other areas I haven't considered. For example, I never would've considered the OR as a place for a new grad to start but (based on a posting I read here last week) maybe the OR has some advantages for a new grad like a longer orientation period. *shrug* What I really want is a setting where I can learn the clinical skills I need for patient care and where I have a chance to succeed. I'm also concerned that if I left this position w/things not working out, that could really hinder finding another job. :-(
Well, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.