New grad in ICU getting some resistance - page 2

Hi everyone, I graduated nursing school in May and passed my boards a couple months later. While in school I was chosen for a critical care internship which led to a position as an RN in my... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    LadyJ, I'm sorry you are going through this. Sadly, your experience causes many new nurses to bail and is part of the reason behind some ICU nurses' hesitancy in accepting new grads.

    When a facility is not prepared to really mentor and teach they set up the new grad to fail. No, of course it is not right. But the staff is too exhausted themselves to give much to the new nurse.

    My advice is to find a better environment for yourself or you may burn out. It's always been important to me (even after 15 years in ICU) to work with critical care staff MORE experienced than I can continue to learn from them.

    Good luck to you...take care of yourself!
  2. by   Gardengal
    Jessiepilot-there are many nurlses who will tell you that you need med-surg experience. Some people do...some don't. it depends on your confidence and how retentive your knowledge. Floor nursing is very different from ICU nursing, so the experiences you learn on the floors are not always applicible, although many times helpful.

    be careful. I would ask specifically what plans your nurse manager has for you in the future. She obviously recognizes your strength, and doesn't want to lose you. I really question that any manager could just promise you double your pay though, sounds pretty fishy.
    It sounds like you have developed a good rapport with the experienced travel nurse. Seek her/his guidance. Are there other hospitals where you might be better off? Could you develop more skills where you are if you voice your concerns? It sounds like a place in trouble if you've lost 7 rns in the past several months, unless they left for school, advancement or life changing moves. Look at why they left. If the travelers are saying they want out -is it because of the unit, the pay, the hospital or their own personal situation?
    In a situation such as you describe, frequently it's a good idea to move on, but remember a new nurse needs to set up a work history. You might want to spend the next several months seing what is available out there, while investigating what your manager thinks can be offered to you. Solidify your skills, and when you're sure-move on.