Feeling Overwhelmed... - page 2
I just graduated in May and started on a medical floor July 1st. A month into my orientation, I am feeling completely overwhelmed. I am even questioning whether or not I chose the right career. I... Read More
Aug 19, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 38stick with it ... my first four months were a nightmare from hell ... all now 7 years and a half yrs ago....i actually used to go into the bosses office nearly every day to tell them i was resigning .... theyd talk me around and so there id be for yet another day .... youll pick it up ... find something else that suits you .... one of the two .... youll learn alot in this time and before you kno it youll start to amaze yourself ...
goodluck , youll be right
Aug 19, '02Occupation: Nurse Consultant Specialty: 24 year(s) of experience in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 3,105; Likes: 49rachel h
New nurses today surely have a boatload MORE of crap to put up with than I did 20 years ago when I went into nursing. I truly admire the new nurses of today! For one, there was no true nurse shortage when I started out and a new nurse was fortunate to even get your first job in an acute setting. That meant many of us started out in the LTC setting and were more eased into nursing instead of thrown into the burning pit of today. Even those who did start in the hosptal setting didn't have nearly as much to know and be respnsible for. I guess, I just addressed one reason why there is such a shortage of nurses today.
Do insist on a good orientation. It stinks to not be in a facility with a good preceptor program as it will make a big difference to have a consistant orientation. Give yourself at least a year to feel some degree of real confidence. Be good to yourself and don't take criticism to heart. I know that's hard! In a few years, you will be the experienced one. Hang in there!
Aug 19, '02Occupation: LPN Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 168I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT I AM STILL IN TRAINING WITH MY PRECEPTOR ( I TOO AM A NEW GRAD), AND SHE IS WONDERFUL.............SHE HAS SO MUCH PASSION FOR WHAT SHE DOES......AND IT SHOWS IN HER WORK.....I HAVE ASKED LOADS OF QUESTIONS, AND SHE NEVER GETS TIRED OF ANSWERING THEM......I HAVE FREAKED OUT WHEN MY 1ST PT HAD CHEST PAIN, AND SHE WAS RIGHT THERE BY MY SIDE IN CASE I NEEDED ANYTHING........I HAVE 1 MORE WEEKEND WITH HER (BARB :wink2: :spin: ), AND I WILL BE MAKING DARN SURE SHE AND ALL HER EFFORTS GET BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF OUR UNIT MANAGER OF PCCU......I AM LUCKY THAT I GOT HER, AND WHO EVER GETS HER NEXT WILL BE LUCKY ALSO........
ON A CLOSING NOTE, I WORKED 7P-7A LAST NIGHT, AND I WAS RUNNING BEHIND, (WITH SOME CHARTING WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT CAN BE) AND SHE STAYED OVER FOR AN HOUR JUST TO HELP ME FINISH UP, WHICH OUR HEAD NURSE SAID SHE WAS NOT REQUIRED TO DO (BARB YOU ARE WONDERFUL - GOD BLESS YOU )
THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE _____
Aug 20, '02Occupation: med/surg RN- mostly med Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 189; Likes: 12I'm so glad that some of you are having great experiences! And thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement!
I need more patience... one thing I've never been good at. I need to tell myself that I will learn everything in time...
Also I work for a great hospital, but they don't have a very good new grad program at all... I think that does make a difference, too. But I'm hanging in there for now...
Sep 8, '02Occupation: RN, NP Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 479; Likes: 96Hi, I know how you feel.
When I was a new grad(1983) we had all RN teams which meant
you did everything for 5-6 patients in an acute medicine unit.
As a new grad, it was overwhelming but it does get better as you get the hang of it.
It may help to jot down what you need to do for each patient with a timeline and make little notes to yourself as you go along
Many many years later, I occasionally still have nightmares that
it is 1300 hours and I haven't even passed out all my 0800 hr meds. (no, that never happened but I obviously still have a lot of anxiety)
It does get better, in my first 3 months, I got yelled at a lot by certain colleagues because I was slow to finish. By the end of the year, I was fine.
Bedside nursing wasn't for me but I found my niche in nursing
where I am superb.
Now, I am a brilliant nurse in my specialty, have my masters and an advanced practice nurse certification. So you can do it too.
Sep 8, '02Occupation: med/surg/ortho RN Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 2,617; Likes: 161OK,, just an update,,
After 3 weeks on my own, it has gotten better. I have a straight day shift and dont have any problems calling docs, taking orders, doing procedures.
I do have a problem yet with getting things done but that will come as i get more at ease with what im doing. Organization and promptness is something that isnt always obtained overnight.
I usually am only over about an hour by the time i finish with all my notes etc. That isnt to bad for a newby on their own. Is hard to "switch hats" in the same profession.
That too will speed up with time.
Have been through the "not my turn for an admission" struggle(i won) lol. Have thwarted the backstabbing machine on the first night off orientation. Stood up for myself, called it like i saw it, informed her of the REAL situation before it got any farther. Still think when she realized she may have been an RN longer but i still had seniority on her she backed off. She's been nice as pie to me since(ya ill watch my back).
It does get better.