Does anyone else feel as if they are barely treading water? - page 3

Whew, graduated in May...started on a busy med-surg floor end of June. I knew the first 6 months to a year would be hard...but I feel like I am about to go under at any moment. I run around like a... Read More

  1. by   Ezme
    I just graduated in May and started work on an oncology ICU unit about a month after graduation. We have a total of 12 weeks of orientation on the ICU units, most of which are on day shift. There are two other new grads with me, and we all started out with the concens that we had made a big mistake coming the the ICU. But, I have to tell you that I have one more week left of orientation and it has gotten a lot better since that first ulcer-inducing first day on the unit.
    As soon as I started working nights I finally felt that I could actually absorb everything that I was learning and studying about my patients, medications, ECGs, procedures, etc. I am also 5 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, which exasberates any negative emotion and feeling of frustration that frequently wells up inside me. My advice is to find a preceptor with whom you really click and stick with him or her if at all possible. Just because someone has been a nurse since Moses doesn't make them a good preceptor. Ask questions, even to snotty doctors who won't give you a second look because they know you are new. If you are honest and tell them you are a new grad, most of the time they should be very receptive to your inquiries.