Hi guys....I recently made the switch to GI and have been on my own (off orientations) for about a month. It is a very busy unit and we can have about 100 patients on some days. Overall, I am liking it, and have become comfortable sedating, taken bx, polypectomies, clips, etc. What I haven't done is dilation with EGD and we are so busy that I haven't been able to observe or take the time for someone to show me. I just want to be able to do everything, which is frustrating but I know I will get it with time.
Some of the docs are great and are great teachers and are patient. Some are impatient and can be disrespectful and this bothers me. Like any job, we also have the very seasoned nurses who keep to themselves and want do their own thing.
I too, am not the best at IVs so being admitting can be a challenge, but is good. The recovery area is the easiest I would say and the patients are usually ready for d/c with in 30 minutes. Overall, it is a good speciality, but I can see how some nursing skills can be lost.