First of all, I feel for you - 10 patients sounds absolutely insane! But, I am a new nurse 6 weeks into my orientation at a major hospital and I am finding the same thing. I work on a busy Step-Down unit with high patient acuity levels. I am also being pushed to take on more patients as quickly as possible, regardless of how I'm doing and regardless of patient status. For example, my preceptor gave me four patients for the first time, 2 of which she predicted would "go downhill" that day. 3 of the four ended up being very high acuity with 1 going to ICU. I was completely overwhelmed. I was behind on passing meds, charting and implementing MD orders. The feedback I got was about what I did wrong and that I have "no critical thinking skills." (If I have no critical thinking skills, why would she give me 2 patients she expected to deteriorate that day?) There were no suggestions or helpful tips on how to improve.
I have not worked in a hospital before (outside of clinicals) plus it has been over a year since I graduated from nursing school. The way I'm being oriented seems unfair and unrealistic. It makes you wonder what they expect from new nurses??