FaithMMA 722 Views
Joined: Dec 8, '11;
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Thank you. It helps to just know I'm not alone. My first med pass was 3 hours, second and third were 2.5, but yesterday I started my shift with a patient falling mid report, having to work 2 med carts because of how they split the rooms, a fire drill and 2 new patients whose medications were not ordered stat when they arrived the night before. Neither of these patients meds were available and my DON still hasn't gotten around to giving me a pyxis ID so I had to work on other nurses times to get whatever meds were available in the pyxis for these 2 patients. This ended up being a 4 hour med pass! I was so embarrassed and behind. During med pass and vitals one of my patients BP was 244/99...I almost lost it at that point but my senses took over and I took a manual before freaking out. Manual turned out to be 150/86. Not great, but more manageable than 244. After that, I've just decided to do everyone's manually. I feel like the automatic BP cuffs somehow take longer and are less accurate. I'm thrilled to be a nurse and blessed with amazing coworkers. One of my preceptors was working with me and she grabbed a few of my phone calls and orders for me. I just cant wait for the day when I can return the favor and help make theirs or another new nurses day a little better. I ended up staying quite late yesterday and a coworker just said to me "I notice you pay a lot of attention to details, that's great and don't even lose it". That really just made my day. I'm not a quitter, I will stick it out, and it will get easier. I just have to believe in myself a little more.
I am a new grad and the first position I was able to get was at a SNF/Rehab. Most of our patients are sub acute, but the new admits can still have very high acuity. After 4 weeks of orientation, they put me on the floor with a patient load of 11-14 and this is considered low census! On the days that they put me on a specific hallway, I seem to do ok because most of these particular patients I had during orientation, but they move me around everyday so I can get familiar with all the patients. I am so overwhelmed and feel like there is no way I can provide safe patient care as a new grad with 14 patients. Between doing all of my vitals, passing meds, inputting orders, calling doctors, doing skin checks, passing afternoon meds, and charting on everyone, I just can't seem to get it all done. I know I am only 1 week in, but I just feel like this is too much and want to throw in the towel. I come home and think all night about my day, sometimes I just cry in private. My husband knows I'm having a hard time because I'm distant and not my upbeat self. 4 weeks is not enough time and 11-14 patients is too many. All day I feel as if I'm being pulled in a million different directions and trying to answer questions for PT, doctors, OT, and administration that I don't have the answers to. I guess I'm not sure if I should stay or go. I really need a job and it took me almost a year to find this one. I feel like if I quit now, who knows how long it will be before I find something new because no one wants to take a chance on a new nurse. I want to stick it out and I hope I can adapt, I'm just so scared everyday I go in. Thank god for the wonderful nurses I work with who take the time to help me when I need it. If it weren't for them, I don't know if I would have come back after my first day on the floor. I guess I'm either looking for advice, or just needed to vent.
I am a new grad and recently had my first nursing interview and it happened to be at my first choice hospital (!!!). I went into HR for the first interview and that went great and then had an interview with the unit manager the same day. I wasn't as confidant that the second interview had gone as well as the first, but it must have been fine because they called me back a few hours later to set up a peer interview. Reality is settling in a little bit and I'm feeling pretty nervous. I can honestly say that I've had a lot of work experience in other fields apart from nursing and have a strong work ethic. I'm a very positive addition to any team and really love to work and help people and I get along with my coworkers. I know this about myself. Unfortunately, I am AWFUL at answering behavioral interview questions. I know I've had plenty of conflict resolution (was a security officer for 5 years) and leadership opportunities, but ask me to recall a specific instance and my mind goes blank. No matter how much I prepare for these and try to think of great responses before the interview, it always goes downhill at the interview. I think I psych myself out So, I'm worried about the eventuality of those questions and of course technical questions from the nurses. Any advice on how to manage without rambling on at an important interview?
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