uggh i'm so sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time after this first negative job experience! first of all, like many of the other posts have probably already stated, take a deep breath and stop blaming yourself. you are a human, and we all definitely make mistakes and guess what? we're going to make a lot more! lol. i myself just graduated in may of 2009 and work in a stepdown unit at a hospital and you are definitely not alone! i have not had the exact same experiences, but i agree that the paperwork/orders/family stuff is very overwhelming! i'm the type of person who needs to do things over and over and over again until it's drilled into my head, so trust me, there have been several times when i got home and realized i forgot to chart something, sign something and what have you. and guess what.....i was extremely anxious and upset too but at the end of the day, is it really that big of a deal? no. and to be honest, i think you were treated unfairly. especially the inr of 7 and people still giving coumadin. this was not your fault at all!! sure, you may not have done the paperwork properly or whatever the problem was, but it's not your responsibility to make sure the person who worked after you who obviously doesn't know the very basics about nursing doesn't make these type of errors! second of all, as far as the family is concerned, i have bad news for you. families are always going to be crazy, and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about this. nine of out of ten patient families are going to be so thankful for everything you do for them then i promise, you will always have the one who makes you want to quit your job and change professions. just breathe and try to put it behind you. to me it sounds like the environment you were working in is terrible. three weeks orientation for a new grad and you're expected to know everything? i don't think that's fair, or safe. you mentioned that they have a high turnover rate for nurses, so it sounds like they were trying to push you through your orientation to solve some sort of staffing issue, they was their own fault in the first place!! i work in a hospital on a step down unit, but my orientation was 16 weeks long, and even that sometimes didn't feel like enough!! you need to find an environment that is understanding and patient, and this place is not it. if you ask me, they did you a favor by firing you.
i know it's easy to get overwhelmed with everything, because it is always going to be stressful when you're working with people's lives and starting a new profession, but it will be okay, trust me. from the sounds of it, your heart is definitely in the right place and i always believe that in the end, it will always work out okay for you as long as your heart is in the right place and you know deep down you have always tried to do the right thing for the patient. good luck to you, it is definitely not the end of the world, and i promise one day you will look back and laugh at all of this!! (probably not today or tomorrow, but someday lol) good luck to you!! keep us updated :heartbeat