New grad in ICU and overwhelmed

  1. Hi all! I'm a new grad RN and I'm a mom of 5 little ones. I recently started a new job in a CICU and am feeling completely overwhelmed. My training is 12 weeks with a preceptor and then 6 weeks on my own. I'm currently on week 5 and honestly can't keep up. The learning curve is so huge. The orientation is great and I have tons of support but in order for me to be really successful I'm going to have to make so much time to study at home and with 5 kiddos, that's impossible. I love what I'm doing but feel like I'm drowning. My NM is great and I'm thinking of going to see her about changing me to a lower acuity to at least get my nursing basics down. Is that a good plan or should I just bite the bullet and continue where I'm at? I don't want to jeopardize my job but I can't keep up with all the lines and drips and diagnoses and and what to look for. Oh my!!! It's a lot.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Since this is a nursing related issue, you're probably going to get more support and answers in the main Nursing forums for example here:

    General Nursing | allnurses

    An environment like that is overwhelming and is overwhelming to most anyone, but especially new grads. I would say hang in there and eventually you'll get it together because it's only week five. It's almost expected you're to be overwhelmed and have lots of questions, even in a lesser acuity place.

    What is concerning is what you say is an impossibility of study with all those kids (whew!), so if you can't find a way to work that out then perhaps a job that doesn't require home time would be best.

    Sorry that's not helpful, but I would recommend asking. Good luck!!
  4. by   dumbnurse
    First off, why ICU? If you are overwhelmed now despite a great preceptor and tons of support as well as a great NM, maybe you are right for seeking another less demanding position. I would love to say that all of my students whom think they want to work in the ICU are ready for that but it ain't true! Are you a new grad? Anyway, hope things work out because the kiddos need you more than those strangers!
  5. by   toomuchbaloney
    I managed a critical care unit and transport team. I rarely hired new grads because they required much much more training and had not yet established any professional skill sets. It is difficult to learn when your innocent error could literally cost someone life or limb.

    Having said that, your hiring manager clearly saw something in you which inspired confidence that you could overcome this learning curve and become successful in the unit. Study after the kids are in bed. Study during breaks.

    Good luck.

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