One year ago, I was hired into a 20-bed PICU as a new grad. Four of us were hired the same day. Now, with a year's experience I feel as though I know 1000% more than I did then, but still have so much more to learn.
I find it frustrating to be expected to 'know how to do it' when I've done whatever it is perhaps one time before.
This week, we are having JCAHO and DHS. In other depts of the hospital, they have asked to be shown the least experienced nurse and then zoomed in for the kill. Seen the show 'The Weakest Link'?
I'm wondering how long it takes to really feel comfortable taking any assignment.
I love working in the PICU. Many people have asked 'How can you do it? You must be such a brave/special/caring/hard person to do it. I don't know - like my colleagues, this is what I do. I wouldn't fancy doing geriatrics, or psych.