:angryfire I am in my last few months before becoming an RN and this course is so insanely insane, it makes me question why I am in nursing!
It is a busy medical unit, in one of the busiest hospitals in North America. Enough said- it is positively crazy trying to have pts on this unit. The unit clerk is a B***H and many of the nurses are not so friendly-mostly because they do not have time. The instructor is OK, but contradicts herself a lot (do the dressing this way, then 30min later rells you to do it another way). The careplans at night are killing me. I have had maybe 6 hours sleep in 1 week and spent many nights completetly awake, just finishing in time to start the next shift.
Working with the pts is hard because it is so busy that you get no satisfaction or reward at the end of the day that you have helped anyone. It is just too busy! I mean, I could be doing meds every half hour, have chem strips every 2 hours , 6 dressing changes, more meds, 1/2 the pts are on isolation for MRSA or gross infections, suctioning trachs, catheters, IV meds, IV changes, IV starts, blood, V/S evry 2 hours plus all the regular care (bathing, full head to toe assessments) plus charting plus we have to chart everything that we put on the charts into our "care plans
" during the day for the instructor to see by the end of the day.
I know this may not sound too bad but it is waaaaaaaay different than any other clinical experience.
I keep thinking - I dont want to do this if this is what nursing is!! 4/8 students have considered quitting already, just in this course. I keep thinking, only 4 more months to go......
Any one experience this. Is working any different because I am not enjoying this at all.