I have been working on the unit since July as a GN. I passed boards on Oct. 3. :hatparty: :hatparty:
We were short a nurse Wednesday night and the NM said I could have a few patients but that the other RN would have to co-sign my work. The other RN flat refused to allow me to take the pts because she would have had to assess them and pass all their meds. I didn't blame her. It was her [and my] licenses that were on the line.
I called the NM to find out when I will be taking the hospital training for new nurses and she said she didn't know, but that I could just continue to do what I have been doing, which is practically NOTHING!!
Right now I am allowed to do assessments [with another RN in the room with me]
QC the accucheck machines, and do accuchecks
Answer call lights and take pts to the bathroom, set them up for their baths, help the Cna's and chart on my pts.
I am NOT allowed to give meds, hang/start IV's, hang blood. I don't know how to hook up a pump for the IV's, I haven't been taught how to use the computer to scan the meds.
I feel absolutely USELESS!! I am an RN in name ONLY!! The night shift needs me to be an RN not a glorified CNA!! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE helping my patients and I love answering the call lights. I find it enjoyable. I don't even do vitals, the cnas do that.
So I guess my question is: After you passed boards when did you start your nurse training?
I have had no training. i went to hospital oreintation for 2 days and then I was on the unit!!
Please advise! Is my NM dragging her feet?
Oct 7, '05
Quote from suzanne4
Where are you working and is this a regualr hospital? Do they not have a specific new grad orientation? Something sounds quite fishy to me.
Yes it is a regular hospital. When I went down to HR to have my badge changed, she called the director of my unit and asked for verification. The director gave it and then said,"Oh., I guess there is some paperwork that needs to be filed, right? The lady in HR said,"Yes, she just got a substantial payraise!!"
They have a new Grad oreintation, but didn't want to waste the money until I passed boards!
Last edit by kwagner_51 on Oct 7, '05
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