I started working my first nursing job about a month ago. I am an LPN, and still green!!!
I chose a facility near my school, ( I am in my RN year now)
that offered 8 hour shifts and good pay. I only recieved two days of orientation, and then was put on a new hall by myself, responsible for 40 residents! well, as you can guess I was VERY overwhelmed, and my 3-11 shift turned into 3-1:30 am! I talked to my DON, who said , unfortunately that was the state law, one nurse to 44 pts., and to keep doing the best I can. How can this possibly be safe?? Especially letting an inexperienced NEW nurse take the reins?? The last thing I want to do is hurt someone, or learn sloppy shortcuts to stay in compliance!!! So, I am giving my two weeks today and found another job working weekends ( ugh but safer and better environment for new nurses!) at a place near my home. I don't want to addto their short staffing problems by quitting ( everyone quits this place I found out!) but my desire to give safe patient care ( and not lose my new license!) overrides my loyalty to this place. Am I being irrational about this? Or is this whats to be expected for my career in nursing?? It seems RNs get the better deal with preceptor programs!! ( come on May 11th!!)
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!!!!