new grad is discouraged - page 2

I am a new grad and have recently begun working on a very overwhelming and "scarry" floor. I an discouraged because I interviewed at multiple hospitals and believed I had chosen the one that was... Read More

  1. by   ubcnme
    This is my first time to post, but when I read your post I thought "That sounds exactly like me!" I was a new grad last year, moved 150 miles from home with two children (single parent) to take a job at a major hospital on a telemetry unit. I was so excited. Little did I know what the REAL world was like. We also practiced total patient care with no aides and were responsible for baths, toileting, as well as IVs, p.o. meds, and monitoring cardiac rhythms along with documentation, pulling arterial lines, you name it. Talk about being overwhelmed! I had never had a job where I absolutely dreaded going to work everyday. I was so scared for my patients and my license. We had anywhere from 5-6 patients each with always new admits and transfers so by the end of the day you may have a few more than you started out with. Well, I only lasted 4 months. I decided that if I dreaded it that much, it was time to get another job and get out. So that's what I did. I now work for a county health dept and love my job. I actually get to educate my patients and think of them as a whole person instead of as a condition/disease.

    So my advice, is that if you absolutely dread going to work everyday so much that you get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, start looking for another job. There are so many opportunities available right now esp willing to train new grads. Good luck in whatever you decide.

    Greatness is not discovered in possessions, power, positin or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.--William Arthur Ward
  2. by   Tiara
    Beware the new grad trap! For the longest time when I first began working, I thought I was the problem. I think we were intimidated into not making waves because we were new grads and we didn't know anything anyway. There is a huge credibility gap between the ideals you learn in school and the reality of the hospitals. However, you come out of school knowing what is right and what is good for the patient. Unfortunately, you just can't apply it.
  3. by   alaskanRNx2
    1.find yourself a mentor. 2.continue to put one foot in front of the other. 3. don't waste time complaining - you don't have any time to spare.4. prioritize. the bath is NOT your priority. 5. when you release your epinephrine and norepinephrine (fear, anger, and frustration will do that) you will then run faster but you will stop thinking all together. so stay calm. you always do the best you can do. beyond that, give it up.6. choose your attitude everyday cannot change anyone else's behavior.