I am a new grad and have been working on a VERY busy neuro med-surg unit for 2 months. Every day when I leave work I feel like I did a horrible job, today was the first day that I actually cried after work though. Every day I feel like I wish I could quit and wonder if I made the right career choice (this is a 2nd career for me). I had 5 weeks of orientation where my preceptor helped me very little. I still don't know how to communicate to doctor's - which sounds kind of stupid but I NEVER know the answers to their questions. At the start of my shift I make a list of what needs done, potassium riders, orthostatic VS, neuro checks, etc... but the unit is so busy that it is usually the end of the shift before I remember the list of "must do's" I made at the start of the shift that never got looked at again. Then there's the charting - which I don't even get a chance to start until after I've given report to the next shift. I feel like I put my license in jeopardy every day I go to work. It seems like I still ask stupid questions all the time. Some of the nurses look at me like "are you kidding, you really have to ask someone about that" which makes me feel especially inept. I really don't feel qualified at all to take care of most of the patients on the floor. I don't know if I am a 'normal' new grad or if I really am on a floor that is too challenging for me. I have put out apps for a new job like crazy but have not even gotten an offer for an interview. So I am stuck until something new comes along.Do any of the more experienced nurses have any suggestions that might make me feel better. I don't think med-surg is for me. I know everyone says to start on med-surg and get a good background before moving on but I truly dislike going to work where I'm at now. I know you've all heard the same thing from numerous new grads and maybe I should 'stick it out' but I think a slower pace would be more beneficial to my learning how to be a RN.I was considering hospice, rehab or the mental hospital - to take care of pts, not for me to become a pt there :chuckle Although that may be a possibility too!