What do I do now? HELP ME, PLEASE - page 2
I graduated last December with a BSN, supposedly from a very good school. I will throw in that I graduated at the top of my class, Sigma Theta Tau and yada yada yada...Yes I know, (and can prove)... Read More
Oct 4, '06Thank you so very much morte!
I started out as a new nurse with 6-9 pts on a given day...now I only have 3-5! Much better even for an experienced RN! I can actually take time and really investigate and spend time with pts! That is always better for pt care! Being new...12 pts??? Too much! How can you focus on anything to learn about!
Take away the boundries to learning...make goals...seek help...and be proactive about yourself! Sounds like the boundries you are facing now are facility probelms with scheduling and either talk to your charge or administration on how to overcome the barrier, or look for a new employement opportunity that doesn't have such barriers to illict learning!
Oct 4, '06Order Clarification (which is my new specialty, teaching hospital with residents on call...that is a blessing) LOL
I have NEVER had 12 patients...it would take me two hours to assess them and get vitals done!!! the most I have had is one time (and one time only) 7. usually it is 5 or 6. The unit manager is a great guy and has no problems staffing us well. The only reason they had that problem on days is because so many people called in. and this happened like two days in a row.
Oct 4, '06Have you thought about getting a job in research? I think we are so programmed in nursing school to become floor nurses we may overlook where we are truly meant to be. You are obviously a very intelligent person and just because it is not wokring out for you on the floor doesn't mean you won't excel in another area of nursing.
There are some really good tips on this post as how to become a better floor nurse, but if you know in your heart that is not where you want to be why not give yourself permission to go out and find your niche. Life is too short to be miserable every day!
Oct 4, '06Do you not have patient care techs where you work? 6 patients with no additional help would leave one overwhelmed & struggling to keep up.
Oct 4, '06don't throw in the towel just yet..you have a lot of knowledge rolling around in your head...you ae capable of using that knowledge..
med surg isn't for everybody...sometimes you got to look around and find your niche..