I'm a new grad RN who started a new grad program in Atlanta a few months ago. I nearly aced nursing school and had great references from my instructors. I was hired onto medsurge. I was completely overwhelmed on medsurge and after a few months now, I know it's not the type of nursing I want. I cry every night after I leave. My anxiety is so high that my palms and feet are always sweating, even at home. I don't feel at all comfortable with the workload or the amount of responsibility. I'm not anywhere close to being ready for this. There are just way too many things to get done and not enough time to do it. I can't even begin to keep it all straight. I'm simply drowing. I'm going to let the program manager know and apply for the spot in either post partum or pre-op. My preference is pre-op. I spent a week in pre-op during nursing school. I loved pre-op and it had it's own culture. As an actual new grad employee, will I likely be totally overwhelmed again? Don't you pretty much just get the patient ready for surgery by having them change, ask the list of questions, start the IV, hang the fluids and antibiotics, fill out their meds on the computer, then bring in the family and have them wait till OR comes to get them? Is it basically the same thing for each patient?
Any help is appreciated.
I work in the OR but I can definitely empathize with you. When I was in nursing school, before I got to see OR nursing, I was like "oh ****, I'm paying to go to school for job I don't even like!" I found med-surg to be overwhelming and I always felt like I was forgetting something, and then I worried I would forget something critical. Plus, I thought it was really difficult because you worked so hard and rarely saw the benefits of your labor. But then I saw OR nursing and realized I found a job a could be happy with. So if you feel you could be happy in pre-op, go for it! Nothing is worse than dreading your job, especially on your time off!
Last edit by coconutzz on Jan 25, '12
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