So i've recently made a HUGE career change and have essentially relocated across the country for a job at a larger hospital.
** A little bit of background about me. Although i am not a SEASONED icu nurse, i do have some critical care experience. When i left my old job i was even charge at nights among that i have some certifications among them my CCRN and TNCC.
I left my old job in hopes of getting better experience among other problems (staffing/pay/etc..)
So i've started this new job and have been here almost 3 weeks and it's just not what i was expecting. I started orientation with a few new grads and other nurses from med/surg units.
At this point i am feeling a little bit frustrated and discouraged. My preceptor and I have yet to get an intubated patient or what i would really even qualify as a true icu patient even though there are many available on the unit. Ive asked about when we are going to get more difficult patients and my preceptor told me that the orientation process doesn't assign these patients until later in the orientation because they like to slowly introduce us to critical care....which would be great if i were new to it.
The most frustrating part is we use the same charting system and same IV pumps. So there's not much for me to really learn besides policies and kind of the flow of the unit.
I'm not really sure if i'm just being entitled or if this is justified...but it's just difficult for me being a nurse who responded to codes and was charge to having to be supervised with fluff patients.
Anyways sorry for the rant you guys just questioning if i made the right choice or if i should have just stayed at my old job