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    Wants to Quit RN to be an MA

    Nurse Beth and "nursy", thank you for responding to my question. When I first emailed Nurse Beth, I was a bit emotional; thinking I just wanted to throw in the towel and that any subsequent experience will be like my first one. But, I didn't. I've been actively applying for RN positions and recently got an interview for an Infusion Nurse. Any advice on how to address my short, albeit negative, tenure at my previous job? I feel as though I have 2 strikes against me; I'm a new grad, and I left my first job in under 12 weeks. Thank you!!!
  2. Hello, everyone. As the title of my post states, I'm a new grad at 44. This is my second career. I'm in my 10th week of orientation at a small community hospital on a very busy med/surg floor. We specialize in dialysis patients and the acuity level is high; lots of transfers to ICU. In the beginning of my orientation, I was with a preceptor who didn't really want to precept. I spoke up and was switched immediately. My preceptor since that time has been wonderful and very supportive. She says I'm ready to be on my own. However, as I'm nearing the end of my 12 week orientation, I'm panicking. I don't feel ready to be on my own with 5-6 patients. I'm struggling to manage it all. Between assessments, passing meds on time, charting, and constant interruptions, I'm operating at a high level of stress and I'm going out of my head. I cry all of the time (at work, at home, in my car, you name it.). The stress of the job follows me home at night and I can't seem to "leave it at work." I have heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, my family life is suffering. The high acuity of these patients scares me. Every single day I fantasize about quitting and doing something less stressful. However, from what I've read and what people tell me, I HAVE to do a year of med/surg in order to go anywhere else. Is this really true? Is that naive to ask? I don't know what to do or where to go, but bedside nursing is killin' me. Can anyone give some words of wisdom or maybe share their story? I'm a mess.
  3. FLmama

    New Grad changes Preceptor. Help!

    I want to thank everyone who commented and for your words of encouragement and advice. Truly, it made a difference in my perspective. Also wanted to give a quick update...I've kept my mouth shut with my subsequent preceptors about my original preceptor. However, interestingly enough, each one of them have "heard it through the grapevine" about my request to change. Every single one of them said they weren't surprised I had requested a change because of her behavior. They all know. All I said in response was that my learning style wasn't a match, which, in essence, is true. Although the job is incredibly stressful and demanding, the environment is supportive and that's made all the difference since I've changed preceptors. Thank you to everyone, again!
  4. FLmama

    New Grad changes Preceptor. Help!

    Sour Lemon, Thank you for your encouragement. I keep saying to myself; learn what you need to learn and then move on. Easier said than done sometimes. And you're exactly right, not everybody has the inner strength to shut down someone they disagree with. This person has a strong, albeit, negative personality. Those who gravitated towards her seemed to share in that energy.
  5. FLmama

    New Grad changes Preceptor. Help!

    37changes I did speak with her privately on more than one occasion to address what I needed as a preceptee. I wouldn't wait to express a concern (always out of a patient's room, of course). I even thanked her for her patience, which I knew darn well she wasn't patient with me. I took all of the appropriate steps until finally I had to go above her to enact a change.
  6. I'm a new grad nurse. I was assigned to a preceptor who gossiped about everyone, was nasty to patients, but at the same time very possessive of her patients. Just a few examples of her behavior; when passing meds, I was never going fast enough, so she'd butt in and do it herself because I was so slow. Hello? I'm going slow because I'm new and I want to be accurate and safe! I would ask questions constantly and she'd either ignore me or give me some smart retort. When showing me how to chart, she'd say, "Click here, then here, then here." Never a thorough explanation of what the heck was going on. It was brutal. I was learning nothing! I finally went to my nurse educator and asked to be switched to a different preceptor. She switched me with no problem; however, now the previous preceptor is (of course) gossiping about me and rallying her crew of toadies. A few nurses have asked me what happened, but I never say a word about the person. I just say that I needed a schedule change and leave it at that. I don't want the drama, but I have unfortunately found myself in it! I'm at the point that I just want to quit and find another job. This is insane. I'm stressed out not only because I feel so ill-prepared to care for patients, but in addition to having a target on my back now that I spoke up about the situation. But I had to do something because I was learning nothing!! Can someone help with some words of encouragement or advice or something? I don't know what to do. My personal life is suffering because I can't seem to let go of the worry. I hate the thought of having to go back there Monday.
  7. FLmama

    FSCJ Summer 2017 Hopefuls

    Hello! This is my first time posting. I've been reading the comments and thought I'd chime in. I haven't received an email yet; however, when I do, I will comment with details. Also, I applied with (I think) around 215 points. I say "I think" because I didn't realize they gave extra points for having a bachelors degree. So, I really have no idea how many points I ended up with. Anyway, best of luck to everyone!