Let me start off by saying I graduated in August of 2012 and have searched for jobs constantly until January of 2013. I wanted a job in OB and it was the only area I could see myself in. Student loans began to creep up on me and I was forced to make a decision to either find a job anywhere in nursing or sink. I was lucky enough to be hired onto a med-surg oncology floor for nights. With only one month in, I am feeling stressed, depressed, having nightmares about making nursing mistakes, and find myself emotionally distraught and crying a lot. I have had many patients get sent to hospice already or I hear news from day shift that something traumatic happened and they have died. I am becoming overwhelmed by the stress and have been getting sick to my stomach almost every day of work. I rarely see family and friends because I'm now a "night owl". I guess I'm just hoping for some encouragement... I don't know if its the nature of the job, the fact I work nights, or just being a new grad, but I was hoping that someone could offer some advice about how to cope. I don't feel like quitting is an option so I need some survival techniques to last 11 months before I can switch specialties. Please help...
Not sure if this will help, but I made up an example "brain" that I make for myself to keep track of my patients.
I make one of these for every patient I have, usually on the back of the MAR I print for them (that way you've got your meds with you at all times, too). Some charting systems will make lists of what you need to do over the course of the day, but I find that I remember things better if I write them down myself.
This one breaks down where I put what and explains the layout.
This one is a mock-up of a basic patient you might see using the above format.
Again, feel free to ask if you have questions!
Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Mar 6, '13