Hey All! I'm a new RN in a Hospital with previous experience as an LPN in a nursing home. I'm trying to figure out if this work condition is normal that I'm experiencing and if I just need to suck it up.
I started orientation on a 30 bed Renal unit back in August and was told ratios at most are 5:1, 2 CNA's always on the floor, and the charges are always there to help from the interim manager that hired me. I was given 10 weeks of orientation. Within my past three months of employment our interim manager was demoted to team-leader and our unit is now a med-surg/tele unit that receives renal patients first. 6 nurses have quit or gotten fired. Also the CNA's no longer work midnight shift the nurses are expected to do total care.
Well, I work the midnight shift and am having a hard time keeping up with the patient assignments, admissions, and providing total care. Every night at work I start with 5 or 6 patients and always get at least 1 admission. I normally end every shift with 7 patients. Our charge nurse has an equal number of patients as well as the other staff nurses so they are too busy to assist me when I really need it. I try to be as independent as possible so I don't bother them especially seeing they are busy and have toxic attitudes plus they make crappy comments that they constantly repeat every shift I work when I ask for help for example "me being the last new nurse left in the last hiring pool, they don't get why they pay us so much and we don't know what we are doing, they don't want to help us because they make less money than us, we should know everything by the end of our long orientation, they only got one week orientation when they started out."
Long story short, does this sound normal? I feel very overwhelmed and I'm experiencing crazy amount of anxiety knowing I'm responsible for total care on 6/7 patients with no help. I'm not sure if it's because I'm new grad and need more time or I just need to toughen up or it's the unit environment. Any perspective would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. if I do decide to leave this job, should I put the 3 month experience on the resume or leave it off??
Thanks in advance!