Quote from IndymamaNrn
I can totally relate. I am in my 4th week of orientation. Last week, my preceptor and I were floated to a med surg unit. It was a totally different feel. I was starting to feel comfortable on my own unit, but to be thrown into a new one with my own patients was quite overwhelming. Unfortunately, it broke me and I lost it later with my preceptor. At that moment, she told me to put my stuff down and follow her. She led me to a room on our unit that is no longer used for anything. She explained to me that this is where she comes when she is upset and needs to cry, cuss, scream or curl up in a ball. For me, that was the best. To not only know that I am not the only one who loses it, but nurses that I work with and admire have their moments too. Hang in there. We are all learning and will eventually become those awesome nurses that the newbies look to for guidance and support.
::hugs:: I'm sorry you got overwhelmed! Learning that even the most seasoned nurses become overwhelmed and need to cry at times was one of the most surprising things I learned during my first year as a nurse. Nursing is very demanding and it can be difficult to juggle many patients, admits, discharges, etc.
Thankfully, now I have two years of experience under my belt. I'm still working on the same unit. My coworkers are much better now (there has been some firing and hiring since my original post). My unit has become more like a family. I'm now a charge nurse, which brings a whole other level of stress, but so far I'm managing it. I still have days where I feel overwhelmed (7 patients-3 of which don't speak English), but I've survived.
Given my rough orientation, I make it a point to always make time to help my coworkers, especially the newbies.