Shawna your not alone. I feel the same way. I have been a nurse for a year now. I struggle with time management. I am always staying over finishing up work. I am really sick of it. I have tried different ways to organize and get finished on time, but I can't seem to make it work. I have only worked with medical surgical patients, because that seems to be the only place that really wants new grads and most people say this is a good place to start. Personally, it has just beat my self esteem to pieces. I feel like I should have some kind of system by now and it should be working.Staffing is not good, but I look at the other nurses and they are leaving on time, so what is my problem?I have tried to save myself by looking into other areas of the hospital, but the area I feel I would really like... it is hard to get on.. it almost like these positions are already spoken for before they are posted. I am looking into primary care clinic. I hope that I can get this job and see that surely nursing can't be this bad.Really, I had do idea that nursing meant putting your license on the line daily, really, really short staffing, being responsible for everything. It is so unrealistic, that is crazy. I feel defeated before I even start my shift.Please tell me that it is not this bad in other areas of nursing!!! I have dreamed of being a nurse most of my life and have given my everything to get through school... and this is what I get.My heart is shattered. Now, I feel stuck in a job that I feel I am not capable of doing, in debt and my dreams shattered. Tell me if this is staffing in most places. 2-3 RN's, 1-2 aides, 0-1 lpn(passes meds) sometimes another rn to pass meds or maybe a lpn-VERY RARE, the lpn passing meds usually will have 14 patients then the rest we have to pass meds on our pt's that are left. Our floor has 28 patients at all times, if we discharge someone then to follow is an admission or we are always moving beds to make room for someone else.Lpn's in our hospital cannot do pushes, assessments, central lines. Everything we do is on computer,sometimes I feel this can slow things down. Most of the pt's are elderly men, confused,alot of substance abuse. So, tell me is this typical for medical surgical and is it like this in most areas of nursing.If so, I cannot cope. Please give me some tips for making this work. If others can do it I should but nobody really has the time to guide me and tell me where I am needing to improve. Everyone has said it will get better.. I have not seen any improvement just working my butt off to get the necessary things done and hoping that I have charted everything to cover me.NO time to really put your whole heart into it. I am not really that type of person. I was taught if your going to do something do it right the first time or don' t do it at all. Well, thanks for listening. I have to work tonight my shift is 3-11 and 8 hour shifts. I am dreading it. I have already looked at the schedule and the staffing looks terrible.