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I'm a new nurse who just started on a medical/surgical floor at the end of February. It is so overwhelming, and there is so much I still don't know, many days I go home crying. I love nursing, but want to have time to spend with my patients and have the time to ensure I provide safe and adequate care. Are there other options for a new nurse with minimal experience that allows time to be spent with the patients and that is not so busy and fast-paced? I would like to do home health or hospice, but I was told by many you need med/surg experience. Any ideas?
Yes, I have one: wait it out a bit, give it some time so you can learn, grow, and become more confident in yourself and your skills. Why do I say this? Because I was you
You have minimal experience, but you're gaining more and more by the day. M/S is fast-paced, varied, and requires lots of prioritizing, time management and critical thinking skills. What you lack now you'll gain soon. Don't give up. I've left crying, and I've left elated. Depends on the patient load and the circumstances of each shift entirely. But I don't think quitting for a new job (and another set of stresses, where I also don't have experience) is necessarily the answer.
Don't bail. Let yourself gain what you need from this now, and you'll either be able to take EXPERIENCE (not minimal experience, but good solid experience) with you to a new job, or you'll find your niche where you are now. Hang in there