I am still a new grad with generally 7 months of MedSurg/Tele experience on the floor, 1:7/1:8 (nurse to patient ratio). I also had 2 months of training before hitting the floor (foley insertions, dressing changes, NG tubes, simulations/classes etc.). When i started the floor i was oriented for 5 weeks with different preceptors, then started my own assignment of 6 patients my 1st or 2nd week. Thereafter, I always had 7 patients, not including my new admits, sometimes i would have to chart on 8-9 patients because of my ER admits (I HAD TO BE QUICK). This all varied. our nurses normally take on 7-8 patients at once, sometimes 9. (we work day shift). By month 4 i Made 2 MED ERRORS within one week (this wrecked me) although it taught me soooo much i haven't made another error since (knock on wood!)and have been extremely careful !! I also thought that I always wanted to give my patients the best care possible!
as time went on, so far I have taken 8 patients once before, and these patients weren't simple. even with 7 patients sometimes i have critical labs, tube feeds, heparin ect.
I dont think my director/charge nurse ever thought that having to call a rapid sometimes at the same time of passing pain meds with 5 accu checks, sched meds at once really mattered. I do the best i can each and every day just to get through it. I prioritize as the day goes because things always change!
With all of this, I have never had so much stress, and lack of sleep due to anxiety dreading coming back into work not knowing what im going to get.The feeling never seemed to ever get better. I even work out regularly and do aerial to de-stress, because that's my passion. I had to start taking sleeping aids to help me rest the day before work because my mind would not shut off! This is when i started to think about leaving the floor to find something else...
Now (month 7), I just put in my 2 weeks because I was hired at an OR/PACU position in an outpatient surgical center. I am nervous but excited about this new nursing opportunity to come. I took on this position because it allows me to have a better schedule MON-FRI 7-3 pm (same pay) with me being able to do my passion job as an aerialist part-time.
ANY advice or thoughts about me doing this? I get alot of mixed feelings because everyone must find their own nitch in nursing but i just wanted to hear your thoughts? I want to grow as a nurse still and still follow my dream as an aerialist while im still young and still can do it! lol! I just want to do both and continue to grow in both! I have been an aerialist for 5 years performing in shows and just miss all of that! I just call myself flying nurse lol!
There is so much more to fill the gaps of this post but I wanted to get to the point! Basically, in 5 years i hope to work with for a transplant center, and eventually work behind the scenes in patient advocacy/transplant coordinator of some sort....
SORRY if this was too long to read:dead: but any thoughts/advice helps