Bored on night shift- should I ask for transfer? - page 3

Hi everyone, I'm a new grad and I've been working night shift on a tele/med-surg floor for about a month. The hospital is giving me 3 months of orientation with a preceptor. So far, I love what I do... Read More

  1. by   eatmysoxRN
    I got 3 weeks of orientation on my tele floor and even then I stayed busy learning everything I could. Even after about a year that I've been on this floor, slow nights are the nights when I know my chart checks and core measures are great. I have time to print teaching packets for my patients and give them the info in the morning. Days are too hectic for me. I love my coworkers. Hope your attitude improves.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  2. by   Vespertinas
    Quote from Happyday1
    So my director decided that she's going to pull me off the orthopedics/oncology floor and have me orient on my unit (tele) and be with yet, ANOTHER preceptor. It's going to be my 4th preceptor in 2months!!!
    You said yourself you weren't necessarily hoping to go to the ortho/onc (interesting combo) floor but were just happy with the new preceptor. Why your director had you orient on that floor for any time at all is beyond me but look at the bright side here... At the end of all this, you get a day shift orientation and with (hopefully) a style you enjoy better than your first. THAT was the main goal.

    I totally feel you on the multiple preceptor problem but a bright side to that is that you may be getting a lot more information and examples of practice styles than you would have with just one.
  3. by   NewbieNeedsHelp
    Transfer after 6 months... You could just really be bored... Some people work faster than others. Maybe it comes more naturally for you? But you gotta see what life is like when you aren't on orientation because its also possible that your preceptor is doing a lot of the busy work? Nights are slow for me too, but I worked days prior so I'm just used to a different pace.

    You know the right answer I think
  4. by   turnforthenurse
    A lot of hospitals will not allow you to transfer until you stay in a particular department for at least six months. Some require a year.

    I started out as a new grad on nights, I still work nights, and I work on a progressive care unit. Some nights aren't busy and we literally do sit around a lot and once in awhile, those are nice to have because MOST nights are literally hit the floor and run. I am challenged every day and I have learned a lot.

    Quiet nights also depend on the patient census. The census may be down. I agree, maybe it's the calm before the storm. Our census has been down lately so our nights haven't been as chaotic, but I know that will change.
  5. by   Do-over
    I agree with the pp that stated that there is always something that needs to be done...

    I do remember more down time when i was on orientation, because i had to follow her lead, but i only got 4 weeks total, one week on day shift. It was a whole 'nother ball game when i started on my own...
  6. by   Poochiewoochie
    Wow-this thread is like 3 years old. I bet the OP has moved on with her problem, LOL.
  7. by   Do-over
    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    Wow-this thread is like 3 years old. I bet the OP has moved on with her problem, LOL.
    Right, hopefully they aren't bored any longer, either...
  8. by   Poochiewoochie
    Quote from Do-over
    Right, hopefully they aren't bored any longer, either...
    LMAO! I hope so or she is one sorry person for going into nursing! When I had surgery a year ago I had to stay overnight and I tell you, my nurse didn't seem like she was bored. She had one patient that was having major problems from what I could see-she even said she felt like she was neglecting me.