Sorry if my post is a bit lengthy. I guess first I should say that I am relatively new to the forum and so far I have found tons of great information here. This is my first post but I have been reading others for for a while now. I know their are several posts about new grads going straight into PACU and I just wanted to post my own situation and get any feedback that might be helpful.
I graduated Nursing school (RN) back in May of 2011 and passed the Nclex about a month later. Much to my surprise finding a job has been very difficult at best. I think we have so many nursing schools in my area graduating students that the market is just saturated right now. After many applications and months of waiting and only a couple of interviews I applied for a PRN PACU position at a large hospital and somewhat to my surprise I was offered and accepted the job. The job was advertised with new grads considered and considering how hard it's been to even get an interview I couldn't turn down the offer.
The good thing about this job is that I am very familiar with that particular unit in that hospital because I worked there as a tech before I went to nursing school. I know all the nurses in the unit well and work very well with them. They were all very excited to find out that I would be coming on board as an RN in the unit. I think job satisfaction there is very good because the turnover is almost none. I guess my question comes as to what advice would anyone have for a new grad working in pacu? I know it is a very high acuity environment and know first hand how busy and hectic it can get sometimes. I have read a lot about how CCU experience really helps a lot if you have it. I was assured by the nurses working there that they would all be there to help me. I do know for a fact that they all work together as a team very very well and nobody has to ask for help, they just pitch in and help. Even with all that, I'm very nervous about starting my new job but I think that knowing the people I'm working with and knowing the hospital and department is already a major stumbling block that I do not have to worry about so that I can just focus on doing my job to the best of my ability and learning as much as I can. I am not the type of person that breaks under pressure. I might bend a little but I am very persistent and always love a challenge. I know the initial orientation will last about a month but beyond that I'm not real sure what to expect. I will find out more details pretty soon as I have not yet started. Looking forward but at the same time wishing I could just move ahead a couple of years and be settled comfortably with my job.
Any advice, tips, or pointers would really be appreciated. Thank's everyone.