SORRY!! I should have been clearer in my communication - it would be 2 days per week for 8-12 weeks with the possibility of extending orientation if I need it. After that, I'll go down to one day a week! I think that's quite generous.
I don't think I'm overconfident, but apart from being familiar with medication parameters, being comfortable with trach care, and breathing treatments - the rest of it I'm fairly comfortable with believe it or not. I'm not "fast" at labs but I can interpret ABGs no problem and I think I'm moderately quick at analyzing other lab values. I worked in an assisted living facility for nearly two years that was run basically like a nursing home, so I'm comfortable with transfers, dementia, disorientation, and total care.
On the first floor I worked on, many if not most of my 5 patients were FSBS ac/hs and I could usually handle that alright unless for example I had 2 or 3 BPs that needed IV push meds.
As far as I'm aware, this is a 12 bed unit. Having said that, I don't know how many RNs or techs are staffed per shift. I'm going to shadow on Friday from 0630-1030 to get a feel for the place! Honestly I feel very optimistic about this opportunity. It's a part of the health system that I worked for before, which I have always admired because the staff genuinely cares (well, most of them - the ones who make it very far, anyway!). It's corporate, so that has some intrinsic downsides... but overall, people stay there. I have spoken to multiple nurses who have been there 15-30 years!
Thank you for hearing me out, giving me some things to consider when I go shadow, and also for being realistic with me 🙂