I am working on a frequently busy floor. Which can be exciting and interesting, but trying to keep up can often frustrate me. We are adequately staffed. Staffing is generally not a problem.
I tend to be kind of a slow plodding person anyway. Somewhat disorganized. I realize that unfortunately, these "qualities" work against me in nursing.
One day this past week I missed a med on new admit that I didn't catch until I glanced over my meds at end of shift. I have no excuse to have missed it. It bothered me all night. The med was given when I realized it (future times changed to proper frequency). Unfortunately that is not the only stupid mistake. Seems like there is always something that I miss even if small. So far, nothing such as to endanger a pt. Nothing that can't be overcome, just makes me feel bad.
I am still new to the facility and this is my first hospital experience. But, I feel like I should be doing better than I am. I know I will never be a super-nurse, but I wish I could maintain adequate.
I know something more like LTC pace would probably better suit me, but I do not want to work with an exclusively geriatric population.
I welcome any suggestions on what I can do to avoid these types of mistakes and also what area of nursing might suit me. I would like to work in a position that includes paid time off and retirement. I also don't favor working by myself. I often prefer to work with others. I was wondering if OR or PACU might suit me better, even though I don't like stuff on my face! Or OB. (I know OB can be busy, but not usually
the level of complex patients)