I just graduated December 10, 2004 and I am working at a hospital on a Med-Surg floor. I love working with the patients but I have new found respect for us nurses. This floor is so short staff that they did not give us orientation but just started giving my friend and I patients (she is a new grad also) as if we had been in nursing for years. Now I know that they prepared us for a lot of things in clinicals but when you are a new grad this is really overwhelming especially when you have not been oriented to the floor you are working. Needless to say that this particular floor has a high turn over rate. Wonder Why???
I am really trying to hang in there because they say everyone needs some med-surg. I like psychiatric nursing and that is what I eventually want to do but I tell you it is discouraging. I start this semester back getting ready to finish up my pre-req's so that I can go into the mobility program in fall. I would really like to hear your point of views.
Jan 9, '05
I started in med surg, and have singe worked surgical icu, med ICU, ER, Psych, LTC, drug &alcohol rehab, open heart, PICU, hi-tech peds homecare,and more.
get the Merck Manual and Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. Carry them with you & use them whenever you encounter something new.
Report your lack of orientation right up the chain of command, to the DON then board of nursing if necessary. Quit if you recieve no satisfaction, and document everything re this issue, for the board if necessary.
Always have a written agenga when meeting with superiors, lest ye forget an important issue, point, or specifically troubling situation where help was denied you. Do it tomorrow.
Yup, I'm an LPN too, and nurses eat their young.
Last edit by Magikchild on Jan 9, '05
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