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    RNmom08 likes this.

    I can relate to all the second guessing. I am a new nurse as well, was orienting on a med/surg floor and had difficulties with my preceptors and just an overall lack of support. I tend to think the worst of myself anyway, and having people micro-manage me to exhaustion just brought out the worst in me. And the staffing ratio on the floor I was on was anywhere from 1 nurse to 7-10 patients which was a load that I couldn't begin to handle. A long story short, I decided to resign the position, and it should come as no surprise that I've second guessed this decision quite a number of times! But, in my heart of hearts, I knew that more was being asked of me - on several levels - than what I could reasonably handle. All in all, a disappointing ( understatement! ) first experience.

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    loricatus and lindarn like this.

    My heart goes out to you! I'm a new nurse - graduated in May, and passed the boards in July - and was orienting on a med surg floor. From DAY 1 the pressure was on to move faster, and take on a bigger and bigger case load. It was confusing to me because I knew that this was a set up for DISASTER, and I couldn't understand why the hospital would want to put itself ( and ME! ) in such a position. After 2 months of trying to live up to an increasingly impossible standard, and feeling too aware of the dangerous position that I was putting myself in I decided to resign. One nurse on the unit told me that her first night off of orientation she was given a caseload of 10 patients! The usual ratio was somewhere between 7-10 patients to 1 nurse. I worked the 3-11 shift and often there was just 1 aide for 25-30 patients. Needless to say, my first experience as a nurse has turned into a huge disappointment.