Wednesday, July 13, 2005

First day...

It was my first day on the ward today...and i got in trouble...

For the past two weeks i've been on orientation. Yesterday was the last day of sitting in the classroom revising 'the correct way to document, dealing with aggressive patients, blahblah...'. At the end of the day, all the new graduates were to get a thick folder, 'transition into med/surg nursing', which contains modules for us to complete as part of our program. While the medical divison grads got their folders, the grads going into surgical divison (me) didn't.
'Oh.. I wasn't able to get in contact with your nurse educator, so if she doesn't turn up at the end of this session then you'll probably get your folders tomorrow sometime', we were assured by the other nurse educator.

That was yesterday. So this morning at 06:45 I turned up for my 7 o'clock start to the ward, the first RN to arrive! (i'm such a keen new starter). At 10 o'clock I was due to meet one of the surgical nurse educators. Oh ok, i thought, she probably just wants to give me that folder i didn't get from yesterday. Come 10 o'clock, i head towards her office, she's not there! I page her, but then get a message from my preceptor telling me that the lady will be half an hour late.

Half an hour.. ok, might as well break for morning tea. Halfway through my tea, in comes the surgical nurse educator 'where's DC?', she demands. 'Here I am!' i say munching on my anzac biscuit. 'Can you come with me to my office.' Not a question but an order. I pack up my food and meet her outside the door. She starts, 'did you get my message yesterday?' What time did you leave yesterday? Who told you that you could leave?. We reach her office, i'm confused, she closes the door.
'Were you aware that I was waiting 45mins yesterday afternoon with these %#$& folders!'

Oh shitshitshit this is not what i need on my first day! 'No..i wasn't', I say. And i appologise... and say i wasn't aware she would be coming that afternoon... there must have been some miscommunication i say..

She hands over my folder and says 'well i'm really sorry (for myself) that i waited 45mins with these things!'

And I run from there...!


Blogger Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

Who pissed in her wheaties?? Mistakes are made but she should have been nicer. Nothing like scaring a new grad away! Keep your chin up!

9:27 AM  
Blogger may said...

just make sure when you are on her shoes, don't be like her :)

1:50 PM  
Blogger HypnoKitten said...

It probably has nothing to do with you personally - sounds like she's having a bad day. Try some theraputic communication on her: Look at her kindly and say "It sounds like you're feeling frustrated right now....."


12:54 PM  
Blogger shrimplate said...

That's strike one for her. She gets just two more. Then she's out.

12:40 PM  
Blogger coturnix said...

Hi, sorry for OT, but I could not find your e-mail address. I am hosting the Grand Rounds next week and I have noticed a sharp decrease in contribution from nurses. Even if Nursing Moment takes off, I sure hope that nurses do not just quit submitting to Grand Rounds. Can you, please, help me spread the word and ask your nursing friends to send some entries by Monday at midnight? Perhaps you can post a call for submissions or e-mail other nurse bloggers. Thanks,

7:48 AM  
Blogger unsinkablemb said...

a fellow new grad in surgery! good luck to you! i'll be sure to stop by more often to see how it's going! take care...

7:42 AM  
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4:05 PM  
Blogger I - the person said...

Interesting blog... I will graduate form nursing school in May 2008... and I your blog shows me how things are largely the same... everywhere :D

8:30 AM  

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