New Grad, bad day. - page 2
Note: this is just a venting thread. I'm a new grad, started working on a DOU (step down from ICU) floor in early February. About 75% of the time, I feel good when I go home from work. I feel... Read More
May 5, '09Occupation: RN Specialty: DOU ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 1,100; Likes: 1,040Thanks to you all for your support. Although I was certainly stressed out all day long, I think the little old lady continually trying to crawl out of bed pushed me over the edge. I just hope my charge nurse doesn't freak out about my being overwhelmed.
And yes, I had some help, but to be honest, our entire floor seemed to be crazy that day, and the charge nurse was very busy, too. It was quite a shock to find that in our community hospital, the radiologists will actually tell a physician that no, they WON'T put a PICC in on a Sunday. We eventually were able to get an ER doctor to do a central line, thank goodness.
I'm dreading going back tomorrow. I wonder what the odds are of me having another day like that on my very next shift? I am still recovering from the last one!
I'm the only new grad on this floor, and I have no one to compare my day with, so it's nice to hear all you experienced nurses affirm that this was a day worthy of freaking out over. Nothing makes you feel worse than feeling like you are incompetent AND a wuss at the same time. haha
May 5, '09Occupation: ICU, RN/BSN Specialty: ICU, telemetry ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 2,115; Likes: 8,405No matter what they may say, they ALL had the same kind of day when they were new....and I will tell you, I spent my first 3-ish months as a nurse feeling like I was 30 seconds from killing every pt I touched....everybody feels that way. And like the old joke, a nurse is a person who can tell if the moon's full without ever stepping outside...and the full moon's still 4 days away....and I'll be at work...
Excuse me while I go hide for a while...
May 5, '09Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 210; Likes: 190Quote from MollypitaYou crack me up (even though it isn't funny) - how could have anyone other than you have said it better - so much better and expressed it - except you? A Big Yes - Yes it was one of thoose daysI hope your manager or charge nurse stepped in to help you. That's what they are there for. And don't even get me started on docs who refuse to order adequate pain meds!!!
Hugs to Ya-All.
May 5, '09Occupation: RN - Rehabilitation of our nation's heroes. Specialty: Rehabilitation ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '08; Posts: 37; Likes: 10:heartbeatI cried at work today too. I feel your pain!