Last night was my second night of work and I had not one, but two of my own patients. It was a breeze! Luckily, they weren't difficult patients. One was in because of a drug overdose. Just say no, people!!!!!! I had to take out one of his IV's & he was shaking. Amazes me that people can do crazy things like drugs, yet be so afraid of a little needle. And an IV cath isn't even a needle. Oh well. My other pt came up from the ER with congestive heart failure. Other than needing some ice now & then, he was easy to take care of. I also had the opportunity to start an IV & although I got into her vein, I blew it. So I got another nurse to try & she blew 2 more veins. Poor lady! One more attempt by yet another nurse & she was good to go. I still can't wait to be on my own completely, but that is about another 7 weeks away at least <sigh>. It feels like the only person that is happy to have new grads around is the charge nurse. She is so friendly & helpful & encouraging. The floor nurses make it seem like I'm a burden. Have they forgotten that they once were new nurses also? They aren't really bad, but I certainly wouldn't use the word "friendly" to describe them. I work again on Thursday with a different preceptor. Hopefully she'll be happy to have me around.
I have volleyball tonight...yay. Right now it's time to study for the state exam. I have had other nurses tell me their dramatic stories about the nclex - I'm thinking if they can pass, anyone can. 28 days & counting until it's my turn. Ok, time to play a computer game first, then study. :)