Sorry for another vent. Just been fustrated with myself at work lately. I've been working on my own as a RN for a month and a half, and I'm still not able to take a full patient load. There have been times when I felt I managed my time well enough to practically take on a full patient load. However things at work have been getting busier and busier since after New Years. Even though I have less patients than a lot of the other nurses, I still feel almost overwhelmed. I'm always on my feet answering patient questions as best I could, provide care, give medications, call doctors, get patients ready for procedures, etc. I try to get most of my charting done early in the day like I know I should. But then after that, I get so busy I don't find time to really catch up on my charting until after I give report to the oncoming shift. Whenever I try to, I keep getting interrupted with patient call light and such. And some patients just take up so much time that I feel like I'm behind quite a bit. The charge nurses sometimes have to remind me of newly written orders or whether I have done certain things or not. Each day I keep trying to think of ways to better my efficiency, but end up still behing behind. It is really fustrating. However it is really hard to measure how I'm supposed to be doing at this point since I'm the newest and least experienced nurse on the unit. Everyone else has at least a year and a half experience. One of the experienced nursing assistants told me I'm doing really well, but I still wonder.