I know someone that is having a really hard time in orientation. She has been crYing constantly. She is new grad to the ICU and was told the 1st day on the unit she needed to speed up. On her 4th day to the unit, her preceptor gave her one hour to assess 2 patients and to complete her charting. (Started shift at 0730, expected to complete ALL charting, head to toe, lines, wounds etc by 0830) This preceptor got upset because she took longer and told her she is too slow for the unit. The preceptor gave her another time limit of 30 minutes to administer medication. She took longer than 30 minutes (she wanted to look up the meds and triple check before giving). She overheard the preceptor talking bad about her at the nursing station. About 30 minutes later she was called into the office and asked how she was doing, she said everything was going well. The manager said that it's ok to tell the truth and that she has been getting complaints about her time management. At that point she broke down and cried for a good hour saying she feels overwhelmed and pressured to be expected to work at the pace of an expert ICU nurse. The manager thought that it was inappropriate to give a timed deadline to complete tasks and was not aware that it was only her 4th shift on the unit (new manager). During a staff meeting, a few nurses said that if she can't handle the pressure, this is not the unit for her. They are also upset that she complained rather than talking to her preceptor. Now there are a few nurses that do not speak to her. I have also another friend on the same unit that was told she needed to speed it up also on the 1st day and was given 2 patients by the 3rd shift of orientation.Now I don't understand this, aren't most people slow in the beginning? Is this just an expectation in the ICU??? Or could it be just this facility??? Is this a bad thing or a good thing to be rushed??I personally do not think that it is safe.