Sooo... I just started my first job. I'm in the float pool at a 425 bed hospital in CT. I just began my 6th week of orientation, and it's going really well.
Today I had a particularly stressful day. We were short a tech, so each tech on the floor had 13 patients.... I had a 6 patient assignment. This specific floor ranges from 5-8 patients per nurse. 5 and 8 both being uncommon, 6-7 being the norm. I know this is not uncommon for most hospitals. And I know I'm still orienting and things haven't become second nature yet. Nonetheless - I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off for most of the shift. I hate feeling like I'm put in a position where I cannot physically DO the job that I am responsible for. I hate not feeling like I am providing compassionate, thorough care because I am too busy passing this or that med, helping with a boost, charting, restarting an infiltrated line, etc etc. I know I am capable of this job, and I can see that I'm gonna have to adjust my expectations, and I will. I just wish I had had time today to feed breakfast to the 92 year old woman being sent home on home hospice care tomorrow.