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    EricaBee
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    Hi! I’m a new graduate and have been working in a LTC / rehab facility since mid July. Despite my 12 years of healthcare experience (pharmacy tech at a large hospital) the transition has been anything but smooth. Due to staffing shortages my orientation was cut in half and I’m the only RN from 11-7 with 42 residents and two CNAs. Am I just crazy that I feel incredibly overwhelmed? Most of my residents are very sick, some on hospice and I simply feel lik I can’t keep up. Any advice?

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    MegFouarge
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    I am actually in a very similar situation! Graduated in May of 2014 and started my new job in a SNF about a week ago. It’s been hell since the end of my orientation. No time to have any kind of patient interaction and getting meds out on time for 30+ patients is laughable.
    All my cohorts and managers tell me once I get the hang of it things will be much easier. I want to believe them but as of right now I’m not seeing a light at the end if the tunnel. 🙁

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    EricaBee
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    Wow, I’m so sorry for your similar troubles but I’m glad I’m not the only one! It feel so hopeless sometimes! My DON and unit manager are always offering the same generic advice “once you get the swing of it, you’ll be just fine!” Hhmm. It surprises me too how lousy the transition has been considering the abundance of evidence proving that new grads need to be supported. I’m sorry, but when we’re given an unmanageable work load we might need a little help in the beginning. At least it’s experience, right?

    Good luck, I hope things start to look up for you!

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    Anne
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    You started a week ago and your orientation is over????
    Continue to ask for help, support, mentoring and document your requests. Also document the responses you get when you present your situation to your manager. I know that new RNs are happy to get any job they can in a tough job market, but the situations you guys are in is scary to me. Neither of you has had enough time in orientation. This will lead to mistakes, frustration and burnout. Do either of you have instructors from your nursing schools you can call for advice?

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