Well it went o.k. Of course I get there and I'm on my own. No four-hour orientation. There were only six telemetry patients, so no monitor tech or secretary. But we were staffed well, four nurses for 18 patients total. (For onlly 18 patients I don't need a secretary). Then of course, one hour into the shift they pull a nurse to cover a no-show on another floor and there was the usual fuss, blah blah blah.
LOL. Some old stuff different floor.
But it was a good night. There is no staff yet, it's a new unit. PCU is responsible for helping to staff. I worked with one PCU nurse and two agency nurses who were all excellent.
What I'm seeing is a lot of "why do I have to float here, it's not cardiac, and I'm a cardiac nurse...they call this place the dungeon you know, blah blah blah". So that is going to get old until we find some staff (yeah right) of our own. I'm not giving in to any negativity (I hope).
But, the day nurse that followed me (another float from PCU) was very nice and said "you have such a calm demeaner and you really know your stuff, and I'm so glad you are here, they really need you". The manager came by specifically to see me and ask how my night went.
I'm really not a big complainer, and I love to work hard. So I think I'm going to like the floor a lot. While the grass definately isn't greener, it feels good.
They do need me.