"Bad" Evaluation..I'm So Frustrated and ready to quit!! - page 5

I transferred to my hospital's ICU/CCU at the end of February. Anytime a nurse transfers departments, they evaluate you at 45 and 90 days after you started the new job. I've been an RN for 5 years... Read More

  1. by   Teshiee
    That is one of the problems why we can't get decent staff. The problem nurses cut their nose to spite their face. I totally understand what you are going through and what the nurses are telling you is correct. Don't leave unless you want to. Every nurse does their assessments different some take 10-30 minutes doesn't mean it wasn't thorough. She obviously was so worried about what you are doing she probaly didn't do any of her freaking work. Dont quit please! Let her know you are not the one to be bullied out. Don't accept an unfair eval don't find out what your rights are.

    If things get too bad where it is effecting your work performance take through your chain of command. My personality being what it was I would have checked her a long time ago. But we as individuals do things differently..... I hope things get better keep being the best CCRN nurse when they realize you are good it is nothing they can do. good luck
  2. by   prn nurse
    I think experienced ICU nurses sometimes resent the new ones who come onto the unit....expecting on the job training. ICU courses are usually offered at community colleges and also EKG interpretation classes. I think if these are available where you live and you do not avail yourself of them and simply expect the ICU nurses to teach you the technical stuff....there is a rejection factor here. Most of the experienced ICU nurses I have known have spent many hours studying and in class and paid for classes.
  3. by   micro
    no stones,
    oh, here they come anyway.....

    the ???? is no matter how many classes you have, the actual doing it on the floor is a whole different......pic..........

    and nurses do cut off their nose to spite their face or something like that.......
    for whatever the reason.........it doesn't matter for the eight to twelve to ??? hours of that particular day............
  4. by   CEN35

    despite what anybody thinks..............since we talked earlier today.................i said it once, and figure it will mean more to come out of my shell and say it here. you r doing the right thing, by doing your current plan. you cannot bail after two months, stick it out for 6 and prove them wrong.......................then move on. by that time......you may have a better job in pa. bottom line? i think your right on track....................if i ddin't mean it.........i would have not responded here on the boards................take it for what it's worth...............

    only me
  5. by   micro
    good advice to Kelly..........

    keep on keepin on.......
  6. by   CEN35
    thanks mic.....................
  7. by   micro
    anytime CEN.................
  8. by   Jenny P
    You're advice is so right, CEN. (And you too, Micro!)
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    Thanks Rick, micro and Jenny P! I'll see if I can tough it out till October. Have a feeling though that I'll be working on the floors more than anything as that's what's usually been happening to the junior RN's that have to float out. One nurse said (she no longer works there) she went 6 months before she got a chance to work in the ICU and then when she did, she felt really uncomfortable cause it had been so long.

    I'm going to my interview and am gonna ask a LOT of questions. They are supposed to give me a tour of the ICU's that day. I liked working in the bigger hospitals and this one is a TOP 100 hospital (not that that means diddely) but they have the latest newest technology for the most part.

    I wish there was a critical care course being offered around my area. I've been looking believe me! In February of each year there is a Critical Care Symposium at the Cleveland Clinic that is supposed top be really good. If I am still there in February then I'll get to go for all three days.

    I don't expect on the job training but, according to my AHN, it is part of the night shifters job to lend me a hand and teach me things. I have several Critical Care Nursing texts at home that I am constantly referring to for info. I joined the AACN back in February as soon as I found out that I had gotten this job.

    Thank you all for your support and kind words! You ROCK!!

  10. by   911fltrn
    Dont stay somewhere you dont feel welcome! Typical back stabbing. Been doing this for awhile. Find somewhere that your desire to learn is nurtured. Our job is hard enough with out supporting co-workers. I wish you all the best
  11. by   Jenny P
    How do they expect to break in any "newbie" if they keep making you be the float nurse every shift? That is so totally unfair-- you should never have to float more than once a week (if that often), because you will never feel comfortable there when you finally get to take care of a critical patient. That is NOT how you retain new nurses! But then again (as you have found out) there are other ways to scare new nurses off also!

    On my unit, we write down the float dates and the oldest float date is the next one to float. The only ones who do not float are those that have been there over 20 years (and that is now about 10 of us, including me, out of about 70 nurses). Even us old timers float if everyone else has floated within the last week! The exception to this rule is if someone is a primary nurse for one of our complicated pts. (train wrecks); they usually don't float while that pt. is with us. This is a good exception because usually these pts. are difficult to care for and it has taken a while to sign up any primary nurses for them! (Which is worse: having to primary a pt. with multiple health issues and family; or floating to another unit for 8 or 12 hours?)
  12. by   RNforLongTime
    Because I work in a unionized hospital, the most junior RN always has to float! They do not rotate it. That's how it works on any unit not just my ICU. Most of the night shift RN's have over 10 years seniority. I knew that when I accepted this job that I would have to float most of the time. But that's my point exactly!

    How am I supposed to learn to be a good Critical Care nurse if I am never working in the ICU? They say it takes at least a year to feel comfortable in the ICU setting but how am I supposed to do that if the majority of the time I am out on the floor?
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    The last hospital I worked at (not union) rarely, if ever floated out their ICU nurses. The CVICU RN's never floated out! Even if there were no pt's they never floated. Once in a while they would float non critical care nurses into the general ICU and give that nurse pt's that were ready to be transferred to the floor. When I had an ICU RN floated to my floor, rather than give her an assignment, we'd have her answer bells, get VS, check blood sugars that kind of thing. It's hard for a critical care nurse to work on a med-surg floor and vice-versa.