Susan Thank you for your wisdom and rational thoughts! Currently, I still have my preceptor, but I'm trying to gain my independence. I'm having trouble with my time-mangement skills, organization, and priorities. My 8-week orientation is over on Saturday; however, I "can" have 12 weeks if I so choose. But I'm afraid to say I need the additional time because it will look like I'm relying too much on someone else to do my job. What do you think?
A Mentor program was just started March 1st and I will definitely be participating. We can choose anyone in the hospital as long as they've been there at least one year. This person will follow my progress, advise me, allow me to vent - all confidentially - for one year. This person will get a $500 bonus at six months and another $500 at one year - on the condition that I am still employed at that time. I think this is a wonderful program, but I haven't decided who to choose as my mentor. I was considering the nurse recruiter for a couple of reasons 1) She has the most to gain if I stay for the entire year (retention), and 2) I have been in contact with her since I started school 2 years ago (I got a scholarship
from Jewish) and she is very receptive, discreet, always returns calls and e-mails and truly cares about the new grads' success. I know I'm going on and on, but I don't have anyone to talk to about my frustrations and concerns. This is so new to me. Before this job, I was a housewife and full-time Mom for 10 years! I've gone from that to working 3- 12-hour days a week with an hour of drive time each way. It's been hard on me and the children - I do my best at work to be a reponsible, caring nurse to all my patients and their families, but when I come home, my children are so starved for me and I am so mentally and physically drained, I have trouble giving them all that they need. They are 6, 9, and 10.
I'd better end this or I'll never get it sent! Finally, do you know of any web sites that provide a support network for new grads? I have done a lot of searches and come up empty. Again, Susan, thank you for your kind reply and promptness. Please write again and tell me some more about you and your family. Candi